Top 10 Tips to Open an Inground Pool

Opening procedures should be performed by professionals only. However, if you are a DIY-er and have the time, these are some tips for opening an inground pool. We believe it is never too early to think about spring and summer, even though it is winter.

1. Get rid of all debris from your pool cover
Use a soft broom to remove all leaves and other large debris from the winter cover. The pool cover pump is next to be used to drain the remaining water.

2.Remove, clean and store the pool cover
Ask a friend for help. Lift the cover and fold it back and forth like an accordion. Place the cover flat on a flat surface. As you unfold it, check for any tears. Use a soft brush and pool cleaner to gently scrub the cover.

The cleaner should be rinsed off and dried with a towel, or a leaf blower. It can be folded back and stored in a container or storage bag. You should not place the cover on the garage floor or shed. Mice and other creatures can nest there and create holes.

3.Skim the Pool
Use the skimmer to remove any debris that might clog your filtration system.

4. Take out the plugs
Take out the plugs that you had installed when the pool was closed for winter.

5.Reinstall Accessories
Re-installing your pool ladder, diving board and stair rails is a good time. It’s a good time now to grease the hinges of your diving board and lubricate bolts.

6.Add water
To bring the water to a normal level, add water to it using a hose with a filter.

7.Set up the Pump and Filter
Turn on your pump by installing the drain plugs. Lubricate the O-rings to protect them. Open the return valves and flip the circuit breaker. Once water begins to flow, the pump is primed. After cleaning and replacing the filter, switch the multiport valve on the filter setting.

Balance the Water
You can get a baseline reading of your water’s chemistry by using test strips that you purchased at the store or by taking a sample to your local pool supply shop. Adjust the pH, alkalinity, and calcium hardness to balance the water.

9. Brush and vacuum the pool
To prevent algae problems, brush the pool and make sure that the shock to the pool is less severe. To remove any sediment, vacuum the pool.

10. Shock the Pool
Pool shock is a great way to kill bacteria and eliminate algae spores from your pool. Double shock the pool when it opens. Before using the filter, let it sit for at least 24 hours.

Your pool is now ready to swim!

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