Spring is here; winter is over. The temperature is rising. The sun shines. It’s a great time to take a dip in the pool.

But don’t dive in quite yet! You will need to do some preparation work if your pool has been closed for the winter. Don’t worry, though. It is very easy to open an inground pool. You can learn how to make your cannonballs in just a few steps.

Step 1: Remove all debris and inspect for wear and tear.

Before you open your swimming pool, make sure to inspect the surrounding area. Takedown any overgrown hedges and trees. Take out any fallen leaves. Before you open your pool, make sure to inspect your deck and fix any damage or wear. Make sure that deck furniture is clean and repaired to be used safely. Also, make sure to inspect pool equipment such as safety rails and rescue equipment, ladders, and diving board.

Step 2: Take inventory of your pool chemicals.

Before opening your pool, make sure that all chemicals are in order. You should check the expiration dates of all your pool chemicals and replace any that have reached their end. Make sure they are disposed of safely. Also, you should replace chemicals that were not properly sealed before storage.

Step 3: Take off the cover

Your swimming pool cover may accumulate water and debris during the winter and fall months. To get rid of old, dirty water, use a pool cover pump and a shop vacuum. After removing the cover, rinse it off with water and then let it dry.

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Step 4: Inspect the pool

Now is the time to give your pool a thorough pre-opening inspection. Here are some essential items to add to your list.

  • Removing drain plugs and winterizing plugs from wall returns and surface skimmers is recommended.
  • Check the pump, return lines and filter for damaged or worn parts.
  • Now is the time to reconnect your underwater pool lighting if you have removed them.
  • It would be best to look for chips in the plaster or indentations in the deck and coping.
  • You can clean your tiles with baking soda or a household cleaner. A pumice stone is a good choice for tough stains.
  • You should inspect the interior of your pool and make any repairs needed.

Step 5: Fill the pool to the middle of the waterline tile and do final debris removal

  • Fill the pool with a garden hose until it reaches the middle of the skimmer wires or the waterline tile. After having the water level at the desired level, you can clean the pool’s bottom with a wall or floor brush. You can also dust your algae brush and pool vacuum. Make sure you remove all leaves from the basket.

Step 6: Turn on your pool filter and test the water.

  • You are almost there! Now, you need to get the filter running. Turn on the filter, and let it run for 12-24 hours. This will allow you to mix the old and the new water.
  • You don’t feel confident testing the water. For proper analysis, you can always take a water sample to a professional pool technician. The pool professional can give you instructions on balancing your pool water. They will test your pool’s pH, alkalinity, calcium hardness and chlorine content. They may also shock the pool and recommend adding a stabilizer, conditioner, or algaecide before the pool is ready for warm weather.
  • For a few more days, continue to run the filter. Vacuum out any sediment. Your pool is ready to swim when the water has cleared, and the chlorine levels have dropped. Enjoy your pool!

How to add chemicals to your pool for the very first time

  • Are you opening your first pool? Congratulations! Congratulations! You are about to enjoy endless summers filled with fun and enjoyment. These steps will help you get started with swimming.
    • Balance total alkalinity is a broad measurement that can protect the pool and maintain chemical levels. Baking soda or soda Ashcan raise total alkalinity and reduce total alkalinity using muriatic Acid. Total alkalinity should be between 80 and 120ppm.
    • Next, balance pH conditions. You can increase pH by baking soda or soda ash. Reduce pH by using muriatic Acid. To make it pleasant to swim in, aim to bring pH down to 7.4.
    • Balance calcium hardness. Low calcium hardness water, or too soft water, can cause pool surfaces to corrode. Calcium chloride can increase calcium hardness, but not too much. It is possible to decrease calcium levels. Pool calcium levels should be kept between 200 and 400 ppm. The spa calcium hardness level should be between 150 and 250 ppm.
    • Next, shock your pool. Pool startup is best-done double-shocking. This means that for every 10,000 gallons, you need to add 2 pounds of chlorine shock. After shocking your pool, you want to achieve 10 ppm chlorine.
    • Your pool should now be ready to go after this routine. If your pool is still cloudy from the shock, you may add a water clarifier. Do another round of testing using test strips. This will confirm that you have achieved the optimal chemical levels.
    • Tip: Ensure your return and filter lines for cracks or damage. Add sand to a sand filter if necessary. Check the cartridge filter if you have one. Clean it and replace it as necessary.


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