Ready for Swim Season? How to Open Your Pool in 5 Easy Steps
3rd Mar 2023
Summer is almost here and there's no better way to beat the heat than to jump into your own pool! But before you do, it's important to make sure your pool is ready for the season. Opening your pool may seem like a daunting task, but with a little preparation and some simple steps, you can be ready for your first pool party in no time.
First and foremost, double-check your pool equipment. Make sure everything is in good condition and working properly. This includes items like your pool vacuum, hose, pump, soft brush, pool filters and hand tools. If any of your equipment is damaged or worn out, replace it before you begin the pool opening process.
Cleaning and Removing the Pool Cover
Start by using a soft brush to clean off any loose debris on your pool cover. Next, use your pump to remove any standing water that may be on your cover. It's best to have someone help you remove the cover from your pool, as it can be a bit heavy. Once removed, inspect the cover for damage. Make sure it’s dry, then fold it neatly and store it in a safe, dry place for the season.
Skimming the Surface
With the pool cover off, it's time to get the debris out of your pool. Use a skimmer to remove any dirt, leaves and other objects that may have fallen into the pool while removing your cover. This will help prevent filtration problems moving forward. Take your time and get all the debris out of your pool.
Removing Winterizing Plugs
If you closed your pool for the winter, you likely installed winterizing plugs. These plugs are used to keep water from entering the pool and freezing during the colder months. Now that you’re opening the pool, it's time to remove these plugs. When you remove them, you may notice some bubbles appearing. This is normal for all types of pools. Walk around your pool and remove all the winterizing plugs.
Testing Your Water
Before you jump in, it's important to test your pool water. At the beginning of the summer, it's recommended to take a sample of your pool water to a pool supply store for an accurate baseline so you can determine the best way to treat it. This will help you keep your pool water safe and clean throughout the season. It's an easy and worthwhile initial investment.
Vacuuming Your Pool
To keep your pool clean and safe throughout the summer, spend time vacuuming whatever has collected on the bottom. Manually vacuuming your pool allows you to pick up any debris that may have fallen into the pool. Debris and leaves at the bottom of your pool can make the water look and feel dirty, so it's important to vacuum your pool regularly.
Opening your pool for the summer requires a little preparation and attention to detail. By following these steps, you'll be enjoying crystal clear water in no time!
Don't forget to stock up on any water treatment products and pool accessories you may need to help maintain your pool throughout the summer. Happy swimming!
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