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Spring Pool Tips: Preparing for a Successful Pool Opening

Help with Spring Pool Opening

Although every pool owner has their own preferred process for spring pool start up that varies based on the size of the pool, their location, and types of chemical used, there are some basics to pool opening that everyone should follow. While every pool is different, it’s important to remember that each one has similar requirements when it comes to keeping it clean, free from debris and bacteria, and safe to swim in. By following our helpful tips for pool opening season, you’ll be well on your way to enjoying a clean pool as the weather heats up.

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Pool Opening Tips:

Step 1: Test the water.
The first step before removing your winter pool cover should always be to test the pool water with a water testing kit.  While a pool start up kit will have all of the chemicals needed to open your pool, it’s a good idea to know what levels you are starting at before removing the cover.  This way you’ll know for sure that you’ve got everything you need to start the opening process.

Step 2: Check your filter gauge and plugs.
A common mistake that many first time pool owners make is to remove the pool cover and start opening the pool without realizing that they are missing a small plug or other piece of vital equipment from their pool filtration and pump system.  Before you open up your pool, take a quick check to make sure everything is there and if not, order the pool replacement parts that you need ahead of time.  This is also a good time to replace your filter pressure gauge if it cracked or stopped working during the cold winter months, so be sure to check that as well.

Step 3: Inventory pool chemicals:
Do a quick check of your pool cleaning products and other chemicals to ensure that they aren’t outdated and that you have a good supply of the critical items.  It’s a good idea to start out the season with a new pool opening kit, as they contain all of the chemicals you’ll need in one package and are generally a better value than trying to purchase everything seperately.  Having fresh pool chemicals that will last through the upcoming pool season is also a good idea, so be sure to stock up on what you need before opening your pool.

Step 4: Start the pump and shock the pool.
Once you’ve got everything you need, it’s time to open the pool!  Remove the winter cover, start the pump and add the pool chemicals from the start up kit. Ideally, you should be aiming for a pH between 7.2 and 8.0 after adding the chemicals.  If you haven’t reached this after the first time, add a small amount gradually, run the pool pump for another four hours and retest the water.  Repeat this process until the desired pH is achieved.

Step 5: Run the pool cleaner.
Use an automatic pool cleaner or a manual style cleaner to get rid of any mildew, dirt buildup and other debris that has built up during the winter.  A pool brush and stain remover can be used for any tough areas of buildup, which is a nice touch for getting your pool as clean as possible for the new swim season

Stay on Top of Cleaning and Testing All Season Long!

To get the most enjoyment out of your pool this season, make sure you keep it clean and free from debris, and that you test the chemicals and adjust as needed to accommodate for more swimmers or hotter temperatures.  By taking small steps each day to care for your pool, it will be easier to maintain in the long run, and more enjoyable for the whole family as well.

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