The season for pool savings is upon us! People across the country are opening their pools in anticipation of Memorial Day. Last week, we brought you savings on pool cleaners for Polaris in ground robotic cleaners. This week, we want to extend the savings to above ground pool owners. From now through the end of July 2011, you can get an additional $25 rebate on the already discounted Robo-Kleen Above Ground Pool Cleaner. The Robo-Kleen is a fraction of the cost of traditional robotic pool cleaners. It’s self-contained filtration system so it will not clog up your pump and filter. It cleans your pool with no messy hoses to connect and wrestle with. Just drop it in and let it work! Coming in at under $270 already, the current rebate will make this reasonable cleaner more affordable.
Be sure to order before 7-31-2011 to take advantage of this awesome rebate!
If you own a manual pool cleaner for your above ground pool, then you will agree that spring cleaning is one of the worst parts of getting the pool ready to open each season. Automatic pool cleaners are often pricey, so many pool owners opt for the manual variety and the extra effort.
An affordable option that above ground pool owners should consider is the Aqua Bug automatic pool cleaner by Hayward. The Aqua Bug installs easily in ten minutes and works with the existing filtration system. Unlike other automatic pool cleaners, the Aqua bug uses no debris bags, requires no booster pump, and is pretty cute, too.
It’s that time again, pool owners! Time to open your pool for the season and get ready for swimming. I always look forward to this time of year. To make opening your pool easier, I have compiled this list of steps that you will need to follow to ensure that you are swimming in no time!
- Remove your winter cover, dry, and store away for next season.
- Remove all expansion pillows, plugs from the skimmer and wall returns, etc.
- Next, you will want to check your filter and pump to make sure that they have not sustained any damage during the winter months. Replace any damaged or worn out parts, including replacing pool filter cartridges. If your filter needs to be cleaned, but not replaced, consider using a filter flosser, which sends high pressure streams of water into your filter in order to blast out dirt.
- Check lighting fixtures inside the pool for cracks and loose wiring. Replace any damaged parts.
- Check the surface of your pool. If you have a fiberglass or concrete pool finish, you will want to check for cracks, scratches, and coping issues. Contact a pool repair professional for any problems. If you have a vinyl liner pool, you will want to check for tears, leaks, or discoloration. If you notice any tears or excessive bubbling and fading, you will want to consider purchasing a replacement vinyl liner.
- Next, reinstall any rails, ladders, slides, etc. that were removed during the winter months.
- Add water to fill the pool until the desired level is reached.
- Clean all leaves, twigs, and debris from the pool. You can use a manual brush and leaf rake or an automatic pool cleaner. Make sure that your floor, walls, and surface are clear or dirt and debris.
- Now, turn your pool on and run the filter for 12-24 hours to mix any old water with new water added to the pool.
- Test the water, “shock” the pool with high levels of chlorine, and adjust the alkalinity, calcium hardness, and chlorine levels as needed using specialized pool chemicals. Add stain and rust remover, super shimmer, and algaecide as needed. You can even purchase a start-up chemical kit that has everything you need to get started in premeasured doses! Remember to wait 24 hours (and test again) before swimming!