Spring is Here… Open Your Pool!

Spring is Here… Open Your Pool!

Springtime is officially here, which means that warmer days (and nights) are on their way! With the weather changing for the better, many people have started to think about opening their pools again. Even though pool-opening time may be a few weeks away for folks in some parts of the country, it’s important to plan ahead to make for a smooth, simple transition. Follow this guide for a quick and easy pool-opening experience!

  1. Drain any standing water that may be on top of the winter pool cover. Remove any debris (leaves, sticks, etc.) that may have gathered on top of the cover. Using two people, roll the pool cover back off of the pool, making sure not to let any debris fall into the water. Make sure to clean the cover and dry it thoroughly, so you can use it again for the next winter. Check for holes and tears, so those can be repaired.
  2. Add water to the pool to bring it up to its normal operating level. Check your filter – if you cleaned it when you closed the pool for the winter, it should be fine. If you did not clean it before winter, you’ll need to do that now.
  3. Remove large debris from the pool with a net. Use the pool vacuum to remove sand, dirt, and other fine debris that may have settled at the bottom of the pool.
  4. Remove any freeze plugs, drain plugs, etc. that were installed to prevent freezing.
  5. Before starting the motor to your filter system, prime the pump. Be sure to release built-up air pressure before opening the filter, pump, or chemical feeder.
  6. If you have a heater, check the heater settings. Reinstall hand rails, ladders, etc. Check diving boards and slides for cracks and other damage. Any cracked accessories should be replaced. If the diving board surface has been worn down, refinishing kits are available to correct this.
  7. Check on the chemical content of your pool. If you winterized correctly, your pool should be in good shape (crystal clear). DO NOT IMMEDIATELY ADD CHEMICALS. The pool water should circulate for 8-12 hours before adding any chemicals. Only add chemicals after mixing appropriately, and make sure to add chemicals in the proper sequence. Doing otherwise can damage and/or stain the surface of your pool.
  8. Tile grout can be scrubbed with cleaners specially formulated for this purpose. You can use baking soda and a sponge in a pinch. Do not use abrasive household cleaners, as you don’t want their chemicals in the pool water.
  9. Enjoy the warm weather and take a swim in your sparkling clean pool!

This post was written by a guest contributor for Global Lift Corp., a manufacturer of ADA compliant aquatic access equipment.