At this point in the year, it’s time to open your pool and start enjoying it once again! No matter if you are an experienced pool owner or new to this process, the thought of getting ready for the season can be daunting, but with some planning and preparation opening your pool can become easy and enjoyable again. In this article, we will walk through the process of pool opening so you can make the most of your backyard oasis.
Before Opening Your Pool
Prior to preparing to open your pool for use, it’s essential that it is thoroughly inspected for damage or wear and tear. Take the time to look closely at its liner, tiles, and coping for any cracks, leaks, or signs of wear or damage. Any findings must be addressed quickly, as further damages could lead to costly repairs later.
Once your pool has been thoroughly inspected and any necessary repairs made, it’s time to clean it thoroughly. Remove any leaves, sticks, and dirt that have accumulated since winter’s end by using either a skimmer net or vacuum to get at the bottom. Also, scrub its walls and tiles thoroughly so as to eliminate any algae buildup or buildup that may have formed on their walls and tiles.
Another essential step in prepping your pool for summertime fun is inspecting its equipment. Begin by testing its pump, filter, and heater. Any issues should be corrected prior to opening your pool. Take time to examine ladders, diving boards, or any other accessories you might own for safety issues before you open.
Balance Your Pool Water
Before beginning use of your pool, it’s essential that the water is suitable for swimming. To do this, balancing is required. It involves adjusting pH, alkalinity, and chlorine levels so they are within the recommended ranges. Testing kits or visiting local pool stores are available to do this process for you.
Once You Have Opened and Balanced Your Pool
Now is the time to launch your pool into action! Start by filling it up to its appropriate level, usually about halfway up the skimmer, before turning on both pump and filter systems for at least several hours. This will allow the water to circulate properly while filtering is in action and ensure your pool remains filtered properly.
After Your Pool Has Been Running for Some Time
After your pool has been running for some time, you’ll need to add pool chemicals. Begin by applying a shock treatment to eliminate any bacteria or algae present, followed by adding the appropriate amount of chlorine sanitization product and any algaecide or pH adjusters as necessary.
Tips for an Easy Pool Opening Experience
To ensure you have enough time to deal with any potential issues that might arise during pool opening day, begin the process early.
Assemble the Correct Tools
For a successful pool opening experience, ensure you have all of the essential equipment, such as skimmer net, vacuum, and test kits, available. This will make opening your pool much simpler.
If you feel you need more certainty about your ability to open the pool yourself, hiring professional assistance might be worth considering.
For optimal pool cleanliness and safety all summer long, regular maintenance must include testing and adjusting pool chemicals, skimming surface debris off regularly, and servicing and cleaning out the filter(s).
Store Your Pool Cover Properly
Once your pool is open and operational, store its cover correctly. Clean it well and let it air-dry before folding it neatly and placing it in an airy, cool location for storage.
Upgrade Your Pool Equipment
If your current equipment is outdated and less energy efficient than it could be, upgrading could offer greater performance and efficiency – saving both money and making pool maintenance simpler in the process.
Opening your pool may seem like a tedious task, but its rewards will pay dividends once your backyard oasis is ready to enjoy. By following these steps and tips for opening, it will go smoothly while your summer swimming experience remains safe and clean. Be sure to care for and take full advantage of your pool as much as possible, and contact a professional for help when necessary.
Fox Pools can help you prepare your pool for the season and keep it in pristine condition. Contact us today to get started!