Spring is in full bloom and this can mean a lot of things for many different people. For many it means you need to start to clear off the patio to make it a beautiful place for the summer. For the lucky ones who own a pool, you’re surely thinking (probably dreading) about opening it for the season. There is nothing like enjoying its crisp coolness, but many people don’t know how much work goes into getting it ready. We are here to bring optimism to the equation and tell you that opening your pool doesn’t have to be as horrible as you anticipate. We came up with some tips to help guide you in your efforts.
1) Don’t Empty Your Pool
You should never have to completely empty your pool of the water that had been sitting from the past season. Exceptions to this include if you neglected to cover it or if you need to do any actual construction work to it. Why you ask? If you remove all of the water you could run the risk of your pool lifting since it doesn’t have the weight of the water to hold it down. What that ultimately might result in is you needed to replace the whole thing.
2) Cleaning Your Pool and Water
The most basic way to start cleaning your pool and its water is by buying a chemical opening kit, or by shocking it. Then, change all the filtration systems and clear all of the baskets. You should also take this time to remove any plugs you may have put in place last year. During this step you should still have your pool cover on.
3) Refilling Your Pool
If your pool is running low on water, feel free to top it off at this time. However, this should only be done after you have replaced your filters. Once your pool is filled to the desired amount, you can take a sample to your local pool store where they will test it for you. Some places do it for free, but if not, don’t skip this step because it is super important to make sure your water is swim ready otherwise it could be dangerous.
4) Get Ready for Fun in the Sun
Your pool’s filter should be cleaned daily until the water appears clear. A ready pool means that you can see the bottom without any issues. You may need to continuously add chlorine to help you reach the perfect balance. Also, take the time to clear the pool of any debris that might have fallen in. A clean pool is much more fun to swim in than one that is full of bugs and leaves.
5) Dive In
Once the water is completely clear and all of the water levels are good you can take off the cover. Taking it off any sooner may prove counterproductive as debris may disrupt your process. Once you’ve gotten to this point, get the kids, and enjoy your summer!