Follow our step-by-step guide to learn how to open your pool for the season.
Step 1. Clean/Store Pool Cover
- Begin this process by removing the pool cover, then cleaning it and storing it away.
- Ensure the pool cover is clean when the time comes to open the pool for the season.
Step 2. Fill Up The Pool
- Fill the pool water level to midway up the tile line and skimmer openings.
- Add water throughout the next few days to maintain the needed level, if necessary.
- Inspect the auto-fill to make sure it is working properly.
Step 3. Clean Debris
- Debris can and will accumulate in the pool area during the off-season.
- Clean any debris in the area at this time.
Step 4. Inspect/Clean The Pool Filter
- Start the season with a clean filter.
- Check the media cartridges and grids to find any cracks or holes.
- It is recommended to change the sand in your sand filter once every five years.
- Add new D.E. after backwashing and before filter startup.
- Make sure all O-rings are properly sealed.
- Check to see if the filter gauge is in working condition currently.
Step 5. Reinstall Plugs
- Replace all of the winterizing plugs.
- Then reinstall all drain plugs for the pump, filter and heater.
- Teflon tape should be used to prevent filter drips/pump air leaks.
Step 6. Prime Pool Pump And Filter
- Using a garden hose, add water to the suction lines to eliminate any air in the plumbing lines.
- Open the filter gauge pressure relief, recording the starting PSI.
- Check the controller for the correct time, variable speed, hours of operation and flow pumps.
- Inspect all components for leaks in the equipment area once the filtration system is operational.
- Open all suction and return lines, utilizing the multi-port valve to clear any visible debris.
- Prior to cleaning, return the multi-port valve to the filter position.
Step 7. Test/Balance The Water
- Using a test kit, check if your pool water chemistry is balanced properly.
- This is a very important step toward maintaining healthy pool water.
Step 8. Shock The Pool Water
- Using either a chlorine or non-chlorine shock, disinfect the water thoroughly.
- Use chlorine to eliminate any algae, if applicable.
- Before shocking the water, make sure to brush the algae from the pool walls.
Step 9. Get Pool Cleaning Equipment Ready
- Ready all pool equipment at this time, including the following items below.
- Vacuum plate.
- Skimmer net.
- Vacuum head/hose.
- Telescopic pole.
- Leaf vacuum.
- Nylon and wire brush.
Step 10. Get Necessary Pool Chemicals
- Gather the following pool chemicals prior to opening for the season.
- Soda ash.
- Sodium bisulfate.
- Muriatic acid.
- Sodium bicarbonate.
- Calcium chloride.
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