Here at Fox Pools, we’re all about getting the pool season started the right way. Opening your pool for the summer doesn’t have to be such a chore. There are a few simple and easy methods that are part of our professional pool service when opening up a swimming pool the right way. Consequently, failing to open your pool correctly can cause damage to your pool and equipment; it can also create conditions that are less than idyllic for swimming. However, if you open your swimming pool properly, you’ll ensure that your pool is in ready to swim condition for swimmers from the moment you open your pool.
Pool Opening Checklist
- Cleaning Off The Pool Cover
Your winter cover should be free of any dead leaves and other debris. Removing any standing water from your pool cover is as simple as using a cheap and affordable pool cover pump. Sweep any other remaining debris off with a broom and spray clean with a garden hose.
- Remove & Store The Pool Cover
The next step is to remove the cover from the pool and place it on a level surface so that it may be cleaned without contaminating the water. The cover must be placed on a level area and not dragged across any rugged terrain. Once cleaned off, it can be folded like an accordion and stored away.
- Skim The Pool Surface
Once the pool cover has been removed and stored away. The pool surface must be skimmed to remove any lingering leaves or debris that could potentially clog the pool filter when turning the pool equipment back on.
- Remove Plugs & Add Water
Most pools lose a few inches of water over the season whether there is a cover on the pool or not. Before filling it’s necessary to remove any plugs used to winterize the pool.
- Run Filter & Pump
During this step it’s necessary to reinstall drain plugs in the pump and filter. This is also the prime time to do some basic pool maintenance that will ensure proper operation of your pool equipment throughout the season.
- Chemically Treat & Balance Water Chemistry
At this stage your swimming pool must be properly chemically treated and balanced in order to ensure a harmonious swimming environment. Testing and adjusting for Alkalinity, pH, Cyanuric Acid, and Calcium Hardness is part of chemically treating the water, as is adding sanitizers, water clarifiers, and shock when necessary.
What If I Need Help Opening My Pool?
Many pool owners don’t have the time nor the inclination to want to go through this pool opening checklist. It is understandable that homeowners have better things to do with their time than going through this labor-intensive process. Opening a pool is one of those expert-level maintenance tasks that require numerous steps and has costly consequences if performed incorrectly. Consequently, it’s a task that most pool owners tend to leave to the professionals.
When To Use a Pool Opening Service
If your confidence level in pool chemistry and general level of enthusiasm for this task is low, you should most definitely hire a pool opening service. Here at Fox Pools, we’re here to provide you with expert and professional quality pool opening service in Hampton Roads. You’ll have the confidence of ensuring that your swimming pool has been properly opened for the swim season and avoid any costly mistakes in the pool opening process. If you’d like to schedule Pool Opening service with us we’d be happy to get you into our service schedule and get your pool opened up properly.