It’s officially one of the most exciting times of the year, spring! With warm weather here, now is the perfect time to open your pool for the season. To ensure a clean and safe swimming experience, here’s what you need to do to properly open your pool:
If you keep your pool covered in the off-season, you will need to drain the water off the top, remove the cover from your pool, clean it properly and allow it to dry before safely storing it for use next season.
Adjust your water level to its normal position. It most likely will be a bit low after the period of non-use and also due to your pool water’s evaporation. A good rule of thumb is that your water level should be about halfway up the tile area or to the middle of your skimmer opening.
Start It Up
Now is the time to hit that on button and fire up your pool system. This includes the pump, circulation, and filtration systems. Let your water get moving and circulating for several hours before you move on to the next item.
Testing Your Water
After you’ve ensured enough movement, you will need to test your water for pH, Total Alkalinity, and chlorine levels. This will give you a baseline reading to understand what adjustments are necessary in the following opening pool step.
Adjust As Necessary
For comfortable and safe chemical levels in your pool, you may need to make adjustments. Remember you want to only add one chemical at a time and wait several hours in between to allow each additive to do its work.
Clean Up Time
Once your waters are adjusted, thoroughly brush and vacuum your pool giving special attention to any areas where dirt and debris can build up including near pool steps or ladders.
You should run your circulation and filtration system overnight to help move the dirt, debris, and any algae moved during cleaning time to properly enable your pool chemicals to do their best work and clean up your pool.
One of the last step key in removing any remaining bacteria or contaminates is to shock your waters. Talk to your pool professional about products you’ll need to perform this process and never swim directly after shocking your waters.