How to Open Your Pool

Opening your pool can be quick and easy if you follow a few simple guidelines.

Task Overview

First of all, keep a log detailing the various pool supplies you bought, pool maintenance performed, and pool chemicals used the previous season, including treatment dates. This will give you a good indication of what you’ll need in spring. You'll also need at least one person to help you, so grab a family member or ask a friend or neighbour. When you finish, the reward is a refreshing dip in sparkling clean water.
• Estimated time: 2-3 hours
• Estimated cost: under $200
• Skill level: Beginner
• Number of people required: 2 is ideal

Tools & Materials

Opening Your Pool

  1. Clear the pool cover of debris
    Using a skimmer, remove any leaves or debris from the top of your cover. This will make it easier to remove the water that collects on the cover. It will also reduce the chance of debris falling into the pool when the cover is detached.
  2. Clear the pool cover of water
    The best way to empty water from the cover is to use a cover pump. If you installed a cover pump when winterizing your pool and used it regularly, there shouldn't be a lot of water to deal with. To remove what is there, simply prime the pump and siphon it away.
  3. Clean and store the cover
    Following the manufacturer's instructions, clean the cover and let it dry. Then fold and store it safely for the summer. You should have at least two people to do this job.
  4. Reconnect, reopen and replace
    Remove all the winter plugs from the jets and skimmers. Next, reconnect and tighten the pipework and joints and reopen the flow-line valves. Replace any winterizing drain plugs on the filter and pump with their normal drain plugs.
  5. Filter check
    If you use a sand filtration system, you should raise the water level to an inch above the pool skimmer. Then perform a backwash to clean the filter and simultaneously bring the water level back down to normal. If you have a cartridge filter system you may want to replace it for the new season. Now simply fill your pool to its normal level and reattach the ladder.
  6. Remove debris from the pool
    At this point, it's a good idea to use a leaf skimmer and vacuum to remove any debris that's floating on the surface or resting on the pool bottom. Also, give the walls and floor a good brushing to loosen any bacteria or algae clinging to the surface.
  7. Balance your chemicals
    If you winterized your pool properly by balancing the chemicals and adding a long-lasting winter algaecide, the water should have the same crystal clarity as when you closed it. Despite how inviting the water looks, you must rebalance the chemistry before diving in — remember that you recently added new water to the pool to raise the level. Give the pool 8 to 12 hours to circulate before testing. Using a pool test kit, check and, if necessary, correct the pH, alkalinity, calcium hardness, chlorine and stabilizer levels. For a standard chlorine pool, the safe and normal chemical levels are as follows:
    • pH – 7.4 to 7.6
    • Total alkalinity – 80 to 120 ppm (parts per million)
    • Calcium hardness – 200 to 400 ppm
    • Chlorine – 2.o to 4.0 ppm
    • Stabilizer (Cyanuric acid) levels – 30 to 50 ppm
  8. Shock your pool
    The last step in eliminating contaminants, including bacteria, algae spores and other organic matter, is to use a shock treatment to shock dose your pool. After shocking, allow the water to circulate for at least two hours before adding an algaecide.
  9. Install solar blanket or turn on heater
    The final step in opening your pool is to install your solar blanket. If you have a heater, inspect it and check the settings before turning it on. Now you're ready to enjoy your pool for the summer.

Pool Opening Tips:

• Use a skimmer to clear debris from your pool cover first before removing it
• In-ground pool covers must be folded back upon themselves to clear debris and water
• In-ground pools can benefit from having de-icing tools in the skimmer
• Balance your pool’s water chemistry before allowing the first swimmers to dive in
• Ask all family members to help open the pool; the more hands the better
This article is intended as general information. Always be sure to read and follow the label(s)/instruction(s) that accompany your product(s). Walmart will not be responsible for any injury or damage caused by this activity.



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