Preparing Your Pool for the Spring Onslaught

As spring approaches, the Houston Area braces for a colorful explosion of blooms and foliage. While this season brings renewed beauty to our surroundings, it also presents challenges for pool owners. At Custom Outdoors, we understand the importance of preparing your pool for the impending onslaught of leaves, pollen, and debris. Here are some essential steps to keep your pool in top shape and avoid costly repairs.

Daily Maintenance: Now is the time to start working on that “Pool Body”. Get into the habit of netting, scrubbing, and emptying skimmer baskets daily. Biomass in the water is what feeds algae. Remove it and you reduce the probability of an algae bloom. Don’t rely solely on your pool cleaner; use a brush to scrub tiles and plaster to keep pollen suspended in the water for efficient filtration. And while you are at it, empty the cleaner bag.

Clean Filters: Before spring arrives and after it has sprung, ensure your filters are clean. Cartridge filters and DE filters should be cleaned regularly to withstand the Texas pollen invasion. Even the best-designed filter can become overwhelmed, so stay proactive in keeping them clean. Replace any cartridges or DE Grids that are damaged or have holes in them. Expert tip: By trade grade cartridges and DE grids. These last longer and have greater filtration capabilities than the ones you get at the big box stores.

Optimize Flow: Maintain proper circulation by running your pool system for at least 11 hours a day. Aim to cycle your pool water through the filter at least twice daily to remove debris effectively. A dirty filter can impede flow and strain your pumps, so prioritize cleanliness.

Check Plumbing and Pump Function: Monitor the pressure on your filter gauge, aiming for a range of 10-15 PSI. If the pressure exceeds 20 PSI, it’s time for a filter clean. Persistently high pressure indicates a potential blockage in the plumbing system. Ensure all pumps are in good working order to maintain optimal flow.

If these maintenance tasks seem daunting, don’t hesitate to reach out to us for assistance. Our team at Custom Outdoors is here to help you navigate the challenges of spring pool care, ensuring your pool remains a source of enjoyment all season long.

By taking proactive steps to prepare your pool for the spring onslaught, you can safeguard against costly repairs and enjoy a clean and inviting oasis in your backyard. Contact us today to schedule your pool maintenance or for expert advice on keeping your pool in pristine condition. Let’s make this spring a season of relaxation and enjoyment by the pool!

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