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OPENING TIME


Waking a pool from its Winter hibernation is a lot easier than it once was


Waking The Pool


THE ANNUAL TASK OF OPENING UP AN OUTDOOR POOL FOR THE NEW SEASON ISN’T THE HASSLE IT ONCE WAS. THERE ARE TRIED AND TESTED ROUTINES, ALBEIT WITH VARIATIONS DEPENDING ON WHO YOU SPEAK TO AND THE POOL SETUP, BUT THE ONE CONSTANT ALL AGREE ON IS THE NEED TO GET THE POOL WATER CLEAN, SAFE AND READY FOR THE SEASON AHEAD By Jon Wadeson


W


hen spring finally decides to show its face, thoughts for many pool owners will turn to getting their pools ready for


the new season. But for far too many owners, the task fills them with dread and if they possessed a magic wand, now is the time of year that they would be waving it. The process of opening a pool for the new season should be fairly straight forward. Perhaps after yet another tough and prolonged winter, the task just seems far complicated than it really is and many will end up calling in a specialist pool company to do the job for them.


There are tried and tested routines though. Of course these will vary from one person to the next and are dependent on each individual pool setup, but waking a pool from its winter hibernation and getting it ready for the new season is a lot easier than it once was.


From sorting out the pool cover to testing pumps and filter systems, to getting the pool water ‘shocked’ into action, swimming pools of all shapes and sizes around the UK will soon need to be nursed back to life. It has to be done every year but there are options and alternatives to make the task easier and more thorough.


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Many pool suppliers and retailers still favour a traditional approach, taking the view that chemicals such as chlorine and bromine offer the best and most reliable method of ensuring safe, new season water for bathers. They will literally ‘shock’ the pool water into action. Additions of shock and algaecide will change the water chemistry and water balance. It may be severe but it works. “We take the view that after several months of lying dormant the pool water needs a fairly drastic course of action and chemicals such as chlorine and bromine offer the best and most reliable method of ensuring safe new season water. We ‘shock’ the pool water into action,” says Richard Owen from Bournmouth’s Jackson’s Pools. “A lot of us are seasoned pros when it comes to maintaining our swimming pools. It’s almost like second nature. But for a lot of new pool owners especially those like a number of our clients who bought one-piece pools last year it’s a struggle still every year when it’s time to open their swimming pools. “It’s not having a clear understanding of what urgent action is needed on pool chemicals which many find difficult,” adds Richard. “Once you know how and when to


do it then bringing the water quality level back up isn’t complicated. I think many people now are so worried about getting the right amounts of chemicals into their water they would rather take professional advice.”


KEEP IT SIMPLE ADVISES CPC Respected chemical specialist company, Complete Pool Controls (CPC) advocates pool owners use a system they can cope with and manage, rather than try something which is either too complicated or too demanding. They have a wide range of products in their Blue Horizons range to help get your pool ready for the new season. The range includes convenient and simple to use sachet treatments such Pool Fusion and Rapid Shock Aqua Sachet, plus treatments as Shock ‘n’ Floc, a new generation multifunctional chlorine shock product which increases chlorine levels rapidly and aids in clearing cloudy water. Mark Ramsden, CPC’s Commercial Director said: “You need to make sure the water is balanced and that you choose a system that is manageable by you, the operator. For example, some products require daily doses, such as fast dissolving chlorine granules, while others are weekly or even less frequent, such as slow dissolving chlorine tablets.” If chlorine is an issue, CPC’s Aquablanc range of non-chlorine (non-halogen) products is available and is suitable for consumers with sensitivities to chlorine or bromine or those wanting an odour free bathing environment. The range of these type of products is growing as manufacturers look at longer term trends. “We are in an era of choice and as long as consumers are given solid advice


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