Ten Tips To Open Your Swimming Pool

by Pool Builders on 03-26-2011 in Articles

There's sunshine in the air and it feels like spring is fast approaching. Once spring is past, summer is on its way and with summer comes swim season! Here are our top ten tips to get your swimming pool ready for the season. Whether this is your first year with a swimming pool or if you are a long-time pool owner, now is the time to contact a swimming pool professional for help with your pool opening.

  1. First things first. Clean your swimming pool cover. Remove all debris, dirt, etc. that may have accumulated during the winter months.
  2. Pump any standing water from the cover before you remove it. You don't want to let the dirty, standing water fall into your pool and contaminate the water.
  3. Remove the cover, clean it with a swimming pool cover cleaner, lay it in a dry, sunny place and let it dry and air out for the season. Once it's dry store it in a safe place. Again, make certain it's dry or it can become moldy during the summer months.
  4. Refill the pool to its normal operating level.
  5. Any items that you put into your pool to protect it from freezing - freeze plugs, etc. - need to be removed prior to starting up any equipment or filters.
  6. If you neglected to clean your filter before you closed the pool for the winter, you will need to do so now. You don't want to start the new season with a dirty pool filter or other equipment.
  7. Prime the pool pump and start the filtering system up. Make certain all of the air has been purged from the plumbing and pipes. Once the filters are up and running, check for any leaks.
  8. Give your swimming pool a good once over checking for tears, cracks or rips in the liner or any of the seams.
  9. Spend some time with your pool vacuum and clear it of algae, dirt, sand or other debris that has accumulated during the course of the winter.
  10. Once the pool water has been cleaned, you will likely want to shock it and then work to bring the chemicals back in balance before you can begin swimming.

After you've spent your time cleaning out the pool, spend some time concentrating on the deck and your outdoor living area to get it back into tip top summer shape. Because there is so much work involved in both winterizing then getting your pool ready for the summer season, many individuals opt to hire a swimming pool professional to come in and get the pool ready for you.

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