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  • Writer's pictureGarrett Stigall

How to Open Your Swimming Pool

As the days grow warmer and the sun regains its strength, the anticipation of pool season becomes irresistible. Opening your pool for the season is a crucial step to ensure a clean and enjoyable swimming experience. Whether you're a seasoned pool owner or a newcomer, this ultimate guide combines the best practices from two informative blogs to provide a comprehensive and foolproof approach to properly opening your pool.

Step 1: Safety Inspection and Pre-Opening Assessment

Before embarking on the pool opening process, conduct a thorough safety inspection of your pool equipment. Look out for signs of wear and tear, loose wires, or cracked lines. Address any issues promptly by calling a service professional to guarantee a safe pool environment.

Step 2: Clean and Prepare the Pool Area

Survey the area around your pool, trimming overgrown trees and hedges, and sweeping away leaves. Inspect the deck for any damage, wear, or tear, and address these issues before opening your pool. Ensure pool equipment such as safety rails, slides, rescue equipment, ladders, and diving boards are clean, well-maintained, and safe for use.

Step 3: Inventory Your Pool Chemicals

Prepare for a seamless pool opening by having all necessary chemicals at your disposal. Create a checklist including a reliable test kit or test strips, chlorine for daily sanitizing, shock treatment, chemicals for water balance adjustment, algaecide treatment, and filter cleaner or other preventive products.

Step 4: Remove the Cover and Inspect the Pool

Use a pool cover pump to eliminate accumulated water and debris from the pool cover. After removal, clean the cover thoroughly and allow it to dry before storing it. Conduct a pre-opening inspection of the pool, removing drain plugs, inspecting the filter and pump for damage, reattaching underwater pool lights, and checking for damages or wear and tear on the pool finish and decking. Pay attention to tile and remove calcium build-up with a suitable scale removal product.

If you opened up your pool and you see its filled with algae, or you know your pool is algae-prone, consider investing into a S.A.M., Pool Protection Technologies own device that actively kills and prevents algae growth in residential pools, without the use of chemicals or metals. Learn more about S.A.M here.

Step 5: Fill Pool and Final Debris Removal

Fill the pool with a garden hose until the water level reaches the midpoint of the waterline tile or the middle of the skimmer opening. Clean leaves, twigs, and debris from the pool's bottom using a pool brush and remove any debris from the basket.

Step 6: Turn on the Pool Filter and Test the Water

Turn on the pool filter and run it for 12 to 24 hours to circulate the water before testing or adding chemicals. Use new testing strips and seek professional testing monthly for a comprehensive water analysis. Balancing pH, alkalinity, calcium hardness, and chlorine levels is crucial for pool health. Additionally, consider adding stabilizer, phosphate remover, metal treatment, or algaecide based on professional recommendations.

If your lost, and have no idea how to balance your chemicals, consider purchasing a custom chemical cheat sheet that will tell you exactly how to balance your chemicals. Learn more here.

Step 7: Maintenance Throughout the Swim Season

Continue running the filter, vacuuming debris, and regularly test your pool water. Daily sanitation, routine/weekly shocking, and a small preventative dose of algaecide are vital for preventing poor water conditions and ensuring a crystal-clear, inviting pool.

By following these comprehensive steps, you'll confidently open your pool, setting the stage for a season filled with joyous splashes and refreshing swims. Dive into the pleasures of pool ownership with the assurance that your pool is primed and ready for a fantastic season ahead.

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