How to Open Your Pool in the Spring

How to Open Your Pool in the Spring

Now that the warmer weather is beginning to make its way back to our area, it’s time to start thinking about opening your swimming pool for spring. For many, this can seem like a daunting task. That’s why we’ve put together a simple step-by-step plan to help you through the pool opening process.


1. Add Swimming Pool Chemicals Before You Open Your Pool

Make sure you have all needed chemicals before starting, including chlorine and algaecide. Without the right chemicals, you won’t be able to open your pool properly. If you’re unsure, stop by Pool & Spa Depot and we can help make sure you have everything you need.


2. Pool Cover

Removing the swimming pool cover can require some time. If your pool has been covered with a solid cover, you will need to drain any standing water with a pump. Make sure that you remove as much water and debris as possible, as this will make things easier when the cover actually comes off. After the cover has been removed it is always a good idea to wash your cover with a strong cleaner. Allow the cover to dry before folding and storing for the season.

If you plan on getting a new pool cover, don’t throw your old one away. We can use it to make sure your new pool cover is the exact right size.


3. Pool Water

Remove any skimmer guards and winter plugs that might have been installed. Fill your pool with clean, fresh water to the normal level.


4. Pool Equipment

Now is the time to reattach and startup any pool equipment that may have been disconnected. Make sure your pump and filter is connected properly. It is always a good idea to lubricate any and all o-rings. This will minimize cracking and drying out issues. Check your debris baskets for any issues. Finally, make sure your lines are open before starting the pump. If you have removed your ladders and ropes prior to the winter months, this is the time to reinstall them.


5. Swimming Pool Debris

Now is the time to remove any large debris from the pool. Do not attempt to vacuum larger debris unless you have a suitable bag, as it will only lead to problems. Once the large debris has been removed, you may begin the process of vacuuming.


6. Shocking the Pool

Once the pool has been cleaned of all debris, it’s time to shock the pool. Shocking the pool is the process of using more than the normal requirement of chlorine. Follow the guide on your chemicals and allow the pool water to circulate for 24 hours. If you have questions regarding the best shock treatment, feel free to contact us any time.


7. Pool Chemistry

Once the pool has circulated for 24 hours, you will need to check the water stability. This involves checking the pH balance, hardness, as well as the salinity of your swimming pool water.


8. Enjoy

Once the hard work is done, your swimming pool is clean and you can now relax in your own personal oasis.

Spring is one of the best times to enjoy the pool with your family. Make sure to apply all safety precautions and prepare all necessary things to ensure that you will be able to enjoy your pool to the fullest. Please contact us with any questions you have!



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