Every year pool owners look forward to the same important
event, opening the pool. Many pool owners hire a trusted Pool Professional to
open and maintain their pool others choose the DIY route. The goal is the same.
Open your pool the right way to insure a great start to your swimming season.
When it warms up outside it is time to get the pool ready. If
you plan on opening your own pool follow these steps to ensure a successful
opening. The process doesn’t take too much time, but it will take course over a
few days, so plan ahead.
Step 1. What You Will Need
Here are a few things you may need to open your pool for the
season. A pool skimmer net, brush, vacuum and water test strips. For Chemicals you will need: Total Alkalinity Increaser, A
pH Increaser or Decreaser, Chlorine Stabilizer, Calcium Hardness Increaser,
Granular /Tab Chlorine, Algaecide, and Metal/Stain Control. Don’t
forget safety goggles and rubber gloves.
Step 2. Clean Off The
If there is water on it, use a pump to drain it. Then sweep
off any debris. SMART TIP: To make
it easier to remove the cover add water to the pool. Just slide a hose under
the cover and raise the water level to the middle of the skimmer openings.
Now remove the cover. You may need some help with this step.
To keep the cover in good shape and prevent mildew make sure it’s clean and dry
before you store it. SMART TIP: If
you are going to dry your cover on your lawn, be sure to move it around
throughout the day so the heat doesn’t burn your grass.
Step 3. Remove All
The Freeze Plugs & Reinstall Pool Accessories
Remove plugs from the return lines and the skimmers. Then
reinstall the directional fittings on the returns. Also reinstall all the pool
accessories, like the ladder, and rails and diving board. Make sure they are
Step 4. Check The Mechanical Components
If needed reinstall any components that were stored when you
closed the pool the previous season. Also, you should have cleaned your filter
before closing the pool. Before you start the filter system, you need release
the air pressure by opening the relief valve. When you have a steady stream of
water, all of the air has been released, so close the valve. Now open the
valves on the return line, the skimmer line, and the main drain. Then start the
Step 5: Fill Up Your
Pool & Clean The Pool
Your pool might have been drained during winterization or
lost water over the winter. If the water level in your pool is below the midway
point of the skimmer opening, use your garden hose to fill it up. SMART TIP: Use PleatcoPureStart for
fill or top-off to eliminate dirt particles, capture magnesium, iron and
calcium before they enter the water!
The next step is cleaning the pool. First use the skimmer
net to clear debris off the top of the water, then brush the sides and floor,
and run the vacuum to collect the dirt. After you finish cleaning, let the
filter run for about 24 hours to circulate the water.
Step 6: Testing The
The water needs the right balance of elements for the pool
and equipment to run properly and for swimmers to swim safely. You can check
the chemistry yourself with test strips or take a water sample to your local
pool dealer. Important: Always wear
safety goggles and rubber gloves when working with the chemicals. And follow
the products directions for each product used. Just as important, the
directions will tell you where and how to store the chemicals.
Here’s the basic testing procedure. Dip the strip well below
the surface. Then compare the readings to the included chart. Total alkalinity
determines how well the water resists changes in pH levels. It should be
between 80 and 125 parts per million. Add total alkalinity increaser if the levels
are low. If the levels are high, add pH decreaser.
Next wait 2 hours before checking the pH level. The pH
should be between 7.2 and 7.6. Make the proper adjustment with a pH increaser
or decreaser, then wait 1 hour before proceeding.
Now adjust the water hardness for the proper level of
calcium. To increase the levels, add calcium hardness increaser. To decrease,
you will have to drain some of the water and refill with source water that has
a lower calcium level.
Step 7: Once You Pool
Is Properly Balanced – Add Pool Sanitizer - Chlorine
Chlorine is what kills all the bacteria, viruses, and germs
in the water. However, the suns UV rays can make it ineffective, so your pool
needs a Chlorine stabilizer to keep the chlorine effective. Make sure your stabilizer
level is at a minimum of 30 parts per million. Then add granular or chlorine
tabs. The best time to do this is in the morning or the evening, while the pump
is running. After the chlorine, add algaecide, to prevent the growth of algae
on the walls floor and ladder. The following day test the chlorine level again
and adjust it to 1-4 parts per million if needed.
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