Have to tell you warm weather folks that I don't know how you get through your Spring openings/maintenace every year. This is my first opening with the new IG pool but we had an Intex for years that we typically opened in late May or early June here in NY. I had pavers and coping put in this year surrounding the pool and to take advantage of the early year deals, had to open the pool in the beginning of March. It has been a CONSTANT battle against leaves, pollen, oak stringers, bugs etc and it seems like a constant battle against the elements. Thanks to BBB I opened to a crystal clear pool though so I am quite thankful for that and have kept my numbers good so far this year.
One trick I did learn here that has helped exponentially is the pantyhose (knee highs) in the skimmer baskets trick. This has really helped me catch a significant amount of the finer (and even not so fine) stuff out of the pump strainer and ultimately the filter. I clean them out every two days and typically replace them every week or so. Was able to get a box of 10 for about $5 so they are significantly less then skimmer socks in my local pool store.
Thankfully everything has been working well expect for the kids going nuts wanting to go in the pool even though it hovers between 60-70 degrees and weather has been too inconsistent to turn the heat pump on. Actually let my 6 year old in over the weekend and fished her out when she turned blue
No real question... just a general kudos for all of you who are lucky enough to swim year round or get to open in early spring and battle the elements.