Opening your inground swimming pool each spring is generally a relatively easy task as long as it was closed down properly the previous winter. You can save both money and time by opening the pool yourself or with a little help from your friends. Of course, if you simply don’t have the time on your hands, there are numerous pool companies which will be glad to open the pool for you.
Below are 10 basic steps which can be followed when opening your inground pool and you’ll soon be enjoying the refreshing water with your family and friends.
1- Clean the Winter Cover
No matter what type of winter pool cover you use for your indoor pool, it will need to be cleaned off of debris and water before removing it. If it’s a solid cover you can remove the water with a submersible pump. It’s a good idea to sweep any dirt off the cover with a broom since anything sharp could tear the cover. You may also want to leave the cover on the pool for a day or so to make sure it’s properly dried before putting it away for the summer. Once the cover is dry you can also use a leaf blower to blow off any remaining dirt.
2- Remove the Winter Cover
Once the cover is clean you can carefully remove it by making sure any remaining dust doesn’t fall into the pool.
3- Store the Winter Cover
Once the winter cover has been removed you may want to spread it out on the lawn or other large area and clean it off once more with soapy water and a cloth or soft brush. You’ll also find most pool supply stores carry spray-on winter-cover cleaners if needed. Once it’s clean and dry you can store it in some type of sealed container to keep rodents and insects from nesting in the cover during the summer. If your pool cover requires the use of water tubes as a way of securing it, be sure to empty them and dry them out before storing them away.
4- Remove the Winter Plugs
Be sure to take the time to go around the pool and remove all the winter plugs that were placed in the openings when the pool was closed down. This includes the step jets and return jets. You can also replace the jet or eyeball fittings in the return lines at this time. If you notice any bubbles coming from the step or return jets when removing the plugs this means the lines were blown out properly when you closed the pool for the winter. You can also remove any ice compensators from the skimmer buckets at this time and put the skimmer baskets back in place.
5- Reinstall Deck Accessories and Equipment
This is a good time to take your pool accessories out of storage, clean them off and start to reinstall them. This includes devices such as diving boards, ladders and step rails etc. It’s a good idea t make sure the bolts are well lubricated to help them fight off rust when they get wet during the summer.
6- Fill or Drain the Pool
Depending on your specific situation, you’ll either need to drain water from the pool or add water to it to reach the mid-level point of the pool’s skimmer opening.
7- Prepare the pump and filter
You can prepare the filter and pump by putting it back together by replacing parts such as the drain plugs and pressure gauges. If the unit has a multiport valve be sure to replace the sight glass, pressure gauge, and air bleeder. In addition, turn the multiport valve to the filter option. You should also inspect the rubber o-ring on the pump housing to see if it’s cracked. A deteriorating o-ring can cause air to be sucked into the filter. If the o-ring appears to be in rough shape it’s a good idea to replace it now. If he o-ring looks good you can help keep it that way by lubricating it. Be sure to install any other necessary equipment at this time such as chlorine dispenser, heater, drain plugs, and booster pump etc.
8- Turn on the power
It’s time to make sure everything’s working by turning on the power to the pool’s pump and filter. Make sure everything’s running smoothly and look and listen for drips and leaks. The pump may need to be primed if it doesn’t pull up any water. Simply remove the lid and fill the pump with water to help prime it. Turn the power on again and see if the pump starts to pull water from the skimmers and drain. If the air pressure on the filter tank is more than 15 psi you may want to backwash the filter.
9- Clean the pool
Now it’s time to clean up the water in the pool. You can use a leaf net to scoop up leaves, twigs and other pieces are large debris from the water and bottom of pool if possible. A robotic swimming pool cleaner can make quick work of this for you. You can also brush the floor and walls to circulate the dirt so it can be removed by the filter. Be sure the water is also being pulled from the main drain in the floor to help clean the pool faster.
10- Add Chemicals and Vacuum
It’s a good idea to test your pool water before adding chemicals so you know exactly what needs to be added. This will let you know if the alkalinity and PH are balanced properly before you shock the water and add chemicals. When the water has the proper balance you can add the required amount of sanitizer and algaecide. The water will likely need a healthy dose of chlorine such as two pounds of shock for each 10,000 gallons or five gallons of liquid chlorine for every 20,000 gallons of pool water. If you buy bulk amounts of shock you can usually save money and remember to shock the pool in the evening when the sun has gone down. You should run the pool for a minimum of 24 hours to let the chemicals circulate and do their job. After that, it’s recommended that you vacuum the pool and test the water again with a test strip. If everything looks good it’s time to jump in and enjoy the water.
Enjoy your swimming pool!
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