Swimming Pool Blog
by Rob Cox April 25, 2014
Spring Pool Opening 19-Point Inspection
It's time to give the pool some spring cleaning attention! Here are some required maintenance items and system checks around the pool - sort of a 21-pont inspection for your pool!
Put on your safety glasses and grab your clip board - it's time to do a pool inspection!
1. Brush the Pool, very thoroughly, looking at the interior surfaces of the pool very closely. Check for stains, cracks or divots, anything unusual. Use a good brush.
2. Check the Ladders. make sure your ladder bumpers are in place, and check each ladder tread for tightness or cracks.
3. Check the Skimmer. Lean over the front and look inside the skimmer, to check for cracks where the skimmer meets the pool wall. For vinyl pools, check for rust stains or irregularities of the liner under the skimmer. You can clean a skimmer and lid with powdered Clorox.
4. Inspect the Caulking. Most pools with coping stones have a flexible caulk seal between the pool coping and pool deck. Pool caulking needs replacement every 5-7 yrs.
5. Inspect the Tile/Coping. And the grout in between. You can make repairs to tile and coping with EZ Patch pool tile patch.
6. Check the Dive/Slide. If you have one, check the deck for any cracks or surface deterioration. Check boards and board stands for tightness. Check slide ladders and legs for the same. Test slide water supply.
7. Check the Main Drain Covers. Use a brush on a pole and make sure they are secured with two screws per cover. Loose drain covers could cause entrapment injury or death.
8. Inspect the Deck. Look for any trip hazards or areas of the deck that need cleaning. Kool Deck pool decks can be refinished with our Mortex and Frontier deck repair products.
9. Check the Fence. Fix any broken planks, leaning sections, or gates that don't self-close and self-latch. Remove any items near the fence that could assist someone in climbing over the pool fence.
10. Clean the Filter. Use a filter cleaner chemical to remove oils, minerals and dirt from cartridges, DE grids and filter sand. This should be done once per year, to keep your filter media performing at it's best.
11. Lube O-rings. Use a Teflon lube on the pump lid o-ring, Filter belly band o-ring, and standpipe o-rings. If you have a slide valve on the filter, pull out the plunger and lube the piston o-rings. If you have grey Jandy Valves, fill the grease caps with a silicone lube. Brass plugs can be lubed with the green stuff - AquaLube or Magic Lube Green.
12. Check for Leaks. Pump shaft seals, or threaded pump fittings, or loose drain plugs. Faulty backwash valve gaskets. Leaks in pool liners. Cracks in the skimmer, or leaks where the skimmer meets the pool. Cracks in the pool tile, or in the pool shell.
13. Adjust the Flow. On the suction side, adjust the flow between skimmers and drain, and adjust return jets or flow volume for best circulation and a cleaner pool.
14. Inspect the Pool Cleaner. How is she tracking, climbing, cleaning? Any signs of worn pool cleaner parts? Wheel or belt adjustments? Hose float or jet adjustments?
15. Inspect the Pool Heater. Use a long handled brush to clean out under the burner tray and on top of the heat exchanger if necessary. Test fire the heater while remaining a safe distance away. Adjust any external bypass valve.
16. Check the Filter Pressure. If the filter has just been started up after cleaning, note the clean start-up pressure, and write it on top of the filter tank for reference. Flick the pressure gauge to be sure it bounces and goes to zero when the pump shuts off.
17. Check the Time Clock. Reset the current time if necessary, and set the timer dogs to run the pump for 9-12 hours per day, until it starts to get hot, and then you'll probably need more daily filtering.
18. Inspect the Wiring. Wiring to the pump, to the heater and to the pool lights should be in solid watertight conduit. Check the GFI breaker on the outlet by pushing in the TEST button, then reset it.
19. Check the Pool Lights. Never turn on an incandescent pool light without the water covering the lens - it can heat up and crack very quickly. Test the pool lights under water.
This was supposed to be a 21-point inspection, but it's 5:28pm on a Friday ~ and, I'm out of ideas! Your pool may have other systems that need a check-up, such as an in-floor pool cleaner, or an automatic pool cover, or maybe a salt chlorinator or solar pool heater. Whatever you have, inspect all your equipment, putting it through its paces.