Opening Your Pool For the Summer

by Pool Builders on 03-26-2011 in Articles

Summer will be here before you know it and opening your pool can be a tedious process. You can either hire professionals or a pool man to do the work or you can do it yourself. As long as you are up for the task or have a reliable helper you should be able to accomplish the task without too much effort. After not being used during the cold winter months there will be some cleaning and preparation needed.

Inspect your pool chemical supply and replace any old or missing chemicals and also make sure you have water test kits available. Clean up the area around your pool including the deck and patio areas and inspect for damage. It is a good idea to trim the surrounding trees or other plants that could end up as debris in your pool. Use a leaf net or skimmer to remove debris from the pool cover and pump off any standing water. Take off the cover, which can be tricky for one person, and try not to get dirty water into the pool. If you need help ask some friends or family members to assist you. Clean the cover and let it dry so it can be folded and stored for the season. Remove any freeze plugs or other accessories used to prevent freezing.

If your pool is empty now is the time to inspect it for cracks or leaks. You will want to get these fixed, and make sure your pools walls and bottom are clean before filling the pool with water. If your pool has water in and it is murky then get out the pool vacuum and large scrub brushes to clean any algae off the sides and bottom. Use a net to skim the top and clean as much out as possible. Once clear enough you can get a visual of any cracks or needed repairs and call a professional to come out and fix them.

Clean the filter if you didn't do it when you closed the pool. Install the pool pumps, skimmer baskets, and filters. Then connect hoses and electrical to your pool. Check the ladders, handrails, and diving boards for wear and tear. If there's any damage, be sure to repair or replace them. Make safety a priority and test latches, locks, and fences. Turn on the filter and let the water circulate for 8 to 12 hours to let the old water mix with new. Use a pool test kit to check your pool water's pH, alkalinity, calcium hardness, chlorine, etc. Balance the water chemistry by adding chemicals in the proper order. If your water is crystal clear and all the water tests are correct then it's time to swim.

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