The process of opening a pool for summer use is not too difficult, but does require a process to insure the pool is clean and safe to swim in. Don’t rush to complete the job because you might over look a step or two. Swimming pools are fun and relaxing, but do require some work to maintain.
Steps In the Process
1.) Take a quick inventory of your chemicals, thus you know what you may need to purchase before you start the pool opening process.
- Check for expiration dates when taking this inventory because products become less effective after their expiration date.
- After making sure your pool cover is free of debris from birds, plants or trees, go ahead and remove the cover and store it in a safe place. Be sure the cover is dry, or else it is likely to mildew.
2.) Make sure that your pool was not damaged during the months it was closed.
- Check the lining of the pool to make sure it is free of tears or rips. Make sure there are no chips or cracks in the plaster of the walls.
- Also look for any areas that seem to be bowed out around the walls or depressed down in the pools floor.
3.) Pop the Plugs Take out plugs that may have been installed in preparation for freezing or expansion.
- For winterized pools that use antifreeze, drain the water level and then remove and drain the antifreeze into a container.
- Replace skimmer baskets and reattach the hoses from the pump and filter to the skimmer. Also check the return jets and make sure everything is tight.
4.) Reattach the hardware filters, pumps, and/or heaters after making sure they are still in working order. This also includes making sure everything is clean, rust free, tight fitting, and lubricated if needed. Replace any ladders, diving boards, or railings that we removed previously.
Filling The Pool
5.) Replace and fill the water to the waterline necessary for good pool circulation. Remove any bits of debris out as the water level rises.
6.) Filter, Vacuum, & Test Start your filtration system. Vacuum the pool to remove any dirt or debris that has accumulated at the bottom of your pool. Allow your filtration system to run for 24-48 hours before testing the water. Make the proper adjustments to chlorine as needed.
Always keep lifesaving equipment nearby the pool. Flotation vest and life preservers and recommended for safe swimming.