Opening your own swimming pool can be a daunting task, so we have created the following list to help you open your above ground swimming pool like a pro. Follow this list to get you started on learning how to open your pool.
Step 1: Find and inspect all of your pool equipment and chemical products before starting the job. Check the expiration dates of any products and look for any obvious signs of breaks, wear or fatigue in any of your equipment or accessories. Replace any expired or tired accessories.
Step 2: Remove the winter cover. To do this, you must remove any leaves, water, or other debris from it using a Swimming Pool Cover Pump, pool leaf nets, and pool brushes. When removing the cover, try to minimize the amount of debris that gets into your pool, (although some often does). Once emptied, you should be able to remove the cover without getting any of the winter dirt into your pool. Thoroughly clean your cover by following the manufacturer’s instructions and allow it to dry in the sun. Once it is dry, fold it up properly and put it away for the summer.
Step 3: Remove any winter plugs from the jets or skimmer and connect your pump, filter, and heater. If you have a cartridge filter, check the condition of the cartridge and then re-install the filter element into the filter body if appropriate. If you have a sand filter, make sure it has enough filtering sand inside it as per the specifications of the manufacturer. Sand is slowly lost from the filter through backwashing, so it is good to check the quantity in the tank on a yearly basis. The sand should also be completely changed approximately every 5 years since the sand particles become encased in dirt over time and become significantly less effective. If you notice that it is getting harder and harder to clear up your water, then it may be a sign that your sand needs changing.
Step 4: Add water to your pool. During the shutdown and opening procedures, it is very common for pool water levels to drop. Simply fill your pool back up to its normal operating level and ensure that there is water in the skimmer.
Step 5: Add water to the pump basket and then turn on the pumping system. Once this is done, you need to make sure that there is no air in the plumbing lines and double-check all the connections for tightness. Check for any leaks. Slowly walk around the pool looking for any leaks in the filter, pump, or the lines themselves.
Step 6: Assess the condition of the pool water. If your pool has been closed properly, you will have little if any problems to correct (i.e. algae, dirt, or other debris). The pool water itself should have the same crystal clarity that it had when you closed your pool in the Fall. Remove any floating debris with a leaf skimmer and vacuum up any small debris from the bottom.
Step 7: Allow the pump and filter to circulate the pool water for 8-12 hours to remove any unseen contaminants. Do NOT add any chemicals until your water is tested.
Step 8: Test your water. To do this, you need to either purchase a professional water testing kit or bring a water sample to us for analysis. Testing kits are readily available in both liquid or test strip form giving you accurate results on the water balance of your pool. If using a test kit, be sure to select one that measures pH, alkalinity, calcium hardness, total chlorine, and total bromine. These are the critical factors of water chemistry, but it is also helpful to find a kit that also tests the level of stabilizer.
Step 9: Now that you have an accurate picture of your pool’s health, you can select the right chemicals to bring you pool into proper balance in order to accommodate your chlorine or bromine. Remember to carefully read and follow all product instructions.
Step 10: Check the locking mechanism on your pool gate, discuss swimming pool safety procedures with your children, and then get ready to enjoy your swimming pool!
If you are eager to jump in to your pool, but would rather have someone else get it ready for you, we will be glad to do it for you. Give us a call.