Spring is right around the corner and eager pool owners are counting the days until they can open their pools for the season. But before you take that first refreshing dip, it is important that you open your pool correctly so that your pool is ready to handle the amount of action it’s about to be seeing.
Step 1: Take Care of the Pool Cover
If you have a winter or safety cover, drain as much water from the top of it as possible before removing it (this can be easily accomplished with a submersible pump). Remove the pool cover, clean it and let it dry. It’s now storage-ready.
Step 2: Give Your Water Level a Boost
Regardless of how cold the winter was, you have probably lost some water due to evaporation over the last few months. Use your hose to fill the pool to normal levels (this is usually around the middle of the skimmer or halfway up the tiling).
Step 3: Check the Equipment
Walk around your pool and visually inspect the following for cracks and breaks:
Check the pressure gauge on your filter and look at the electrical wire components of your pump, filter and heater. Clean the heat off the heat exchange before you start it up, and reconnect the pool equipment.
Step 4: Remove Your Winter Plugs
Take the winterizing plugs off your equipment and replace them with their normal drain plugs. Wait to remove the plugs from your skimmer and return lines if you have used antifreeze in your drain lines, and make sure the antifreeze is fully cleared before returning the normal plugs.
After this point you can start running your equipment.
Step 5: Test Your Water Chemistry
Before adding chemicals to your pool, check the expiration date and discard any pool chemicals which have expired. Grab your test kit and make sure that your pool water falls within the following levels:
- Chlorine: 2.0 to 4.0 ppm
- pH: 7.4 to 7.6
- Total Alkalinity (TA): 80 to 120 ppm
You may also want to add an anti-staining agent if your pool is prone to staining from metals such as iron and copper.
Step 6: Brush, Vacuum and Shock the Pool
Once your pool chemistry is looking right, it’s time to remove the dirt and debris. Give your pool a good brushing and vacuuming, paying particular attention to the steps, ladders, and other equipment.
After running the filtration systems overnight (this will allow your pool to filter out the dirt, debris, bacteria and algae still in the pool), consider giving it a good “shock” to eliminate any remaining contaminants.
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