Opening your pool in the Spring

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When it is getting warmer and we can see Winter behind us – we long to splash and frolic in our pool.

The easiest way to get your pool ready for Swim Season is to give us a call and we’ll do all the work!
If you are inclined to do it yourself, here are a couple things to do…

Remvove The Cover

If you have a safety cover, you’ll need your key to remove it the anchors and screw them down flush to the concrete, or move it to your storage area.

If you have a tarp cover with water bags, remove the bags and empty them.

Drain the water off the cover and remove any large debris before taking off the cover. It will make the job easier and it may prevent debris from from getting into your pool.

Take the cover from one end and fold in half – then half again until it’s easy to remove.

Remove Winter Plugs

Find all the return lines and remove the winter plugs from the return lines and any jets.

Remove the ice compensator from the skimmer buckets. There should be a plastic bottle, sponge, or “gizmo” in your skimmer that prevents the ice from cracking it. Replace the baskets.

Make sure your pool is filled mid-way up the skimmer opening before starting your filter system.

Filter System

Make sure all of the drain plugs are properly installed before starting the filter system. The filter system should have one main drain plug and your pump may have two.

Check the o-ring on your pump lid to make sure it’s in good condition. Bend it between your fingers to check for cracks. Apply a Teflon-based o-ring lubricant before reinstalling the pump lid.

Start your filter system.

Your pump may have to be primed if water is not coming through. Turn off the pump and fill the pump housing with water. Use a hose or a bucket of pool water to do this. Replace the lid and your pump should prime itself.

Test and Shock

Once your pool filter is running, take a water sample to us and we get a professional water analysis completed for you. Make sure you pH and alkalinity are properly balanced.

At this time, add the proper sanitizer to your water (i.e. chorine). Also, shocking your pool right away is a good idea too.

Cleaning Up

Make sure you clean your cover before storing it away for the season. If you need clearner, we have it.

Vacuum your pool to remove all the debris from your pool.

Remember – the easiest way to open your pool and prepare the water is to give us a call.


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