As the weather warms up, you are no doubt eager to start enjoying your swimming pool again. However, before you can do that, you need to make sure you open it properly. To help you do that, in this article, our experts at S & H Pools will go over some key steps in the swimming pool opening process.
- Take care of your pool cover. If you use a winter pool cover–which we at S & H Pools strongly encourage you to do–the first step in your swimming pool opening process is to remove it and properly store it. It’s a good idea to drain as much water and clear as much debris off your cover before removing it as possible, as this will help keep your pool clean. You should also clean your pool cover and sprinkle it with talcum powder or another drying agent to prevent mildew before storing it in a cool, dry place for the summer.
- Raise the water level, reconnect your equipment, and turn your system on. The next steps in the swimming pool opening process are to raise the water back to its normal level, then reconnect your pool equipment, including the pump, filter, heater, etc. At this point, you can turn your system back on to get everything up and running.
- Test your pool chemistry. The last step for successful swimming pool opening is to test your water chemistry. Once your circulation system has been running for a few hours, check your pool’s pH, total alkalinity, and chlorine levels. Ideal readings for these tests are 7.4 to 7.6 for pH, 80 to 120 ppm for alkalinity, and 2.0 to 4.0 ppm for chlorine.
We at S & H Pools hope that this information has been helpful. If you have further questions about how to open your pool or if you’d like us to take care of the process for you, just give us a call.