How To Open A Pool For The Season
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How To Open A Pool For The Season

How To Open A Pool For The Season

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.
  • Algaecide.
  • Soda ash.
  • Sodium bisulfate.
  • Muriatic acid.
  • Sodium bicarbonate.
  • Calcium chloride.

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