How to open your pool the correct way!
Finally! After months of cold weather, spring will soon be upon us! With spring comes warmer weather and a return of pool season, and we’re just as excited about it as you are! Here are a few things you should do to make sure you open your swimming pool the correct way.
- Drain and clean your pool cover: To do this, you’ll need to drain as much water off the cover as possible before you remove it. If you have a cover pump, you can use that and let it do what it is designed to do. Easy! It’s also important to blow or sweep all the leaves off of the cover before removal. This will lessen the amount of debris in your water and will make it easier to close the pool in the winter.
- Remove the Cover: If you have help to do this, then it will be a lot easier to get the cover off of your swimming pool. It’s likely some water and/or debris will fall into the water, but that’s okay because you’ll be treating and vacuuming the pool before it’s ready for use.
- Clean the cover and store it: After removing the cover, lay it out and brush away the remaining debris. Fold the cover and store in a cool, dry place.
- Raise the water level back to normal. You can use a garden hose to do this.
- Reconnect your pool equipment: If you prepared your pool for freezing temperatures over the winter (we hope you did!), you will want to reconnect all of the pool equipment. This includes reconnecting your filter, heater, pump, and anything else. For above ground pools, you will need to reconnect the flexible plumbing lines to the pool equipment and skimmer. Make sure you remove any winter plugs and re-attach the normal drain plugs too.
Note: Make sure to wait until after the antifreeze has been discharged before removing the winterizing plugs from your return lines and skimmer. Once done, reconnect any return valve fittings that were previously removed for the winter.
- Turn the system back on: Once you do this, you’re almost there! This includes turning on the circulation and filtration system and priming the pump.
- Test your pool chemistry: The reason we say you’re almost there is because you still have to test your pool chemistry. After letting the system run for several hours, you will want to test your pool water for pH, Total Alkalinity, and Chlorine levels using a good test kit. Ideal levels for these chemicals should be:
- pH: 7.4 to 7.6
- Total Alkalinity: 80 to 120 ppm
- Chlorine: 2.0 to 4.0 ppm
Once you’re done testing, you’ll want to adjust these levels accordingly. At AcePools.com, we have what you need to get your pool at safe and comfortable levels!
- Brush and vacuum the pool: After your pool chemistry has been adjusted, there will be some remaining debris and dirt left. Thoroughly brush and vacuum your pool, giving special attention to areas near pool steps, ladders, or other equipment.
- Run the Filtration System Overnight: Doing this will filter out any remaining debris, dirt, algae, and bacteria that are still floating in your pool.
- Shock your pool: This will eliminate nearly all the remaining contaminants in your water. Check out our selection and choose what works best for you to shock your swimming pool.
- One more thing---enjoy your swimming pool!