Opening Your Pool: A Checklist

Getting your pool ready for the summer can be pretty exciting, but that doesn’t mean that there isn’t a lot to do! Doing everything properly the first time will save you lots of time and aggravation in the long run, so be sure to check this list to ensure you are covered and ready for your first poolside gathering of the season.

Pool Inspection

Pool Chemicals

A week or two before you plan to open your pool, it’s a good idea to take a look at the chemicals left over from the previous year:

  • Check expiration dates and dispose of anything that is past date.
  • Check packaging for signs of leaks and do not use powdered chemicals that have been affected by moisture.

Remember to always store pool chemicals away from pets and children in dry, cool, and ventilated spaces. They should not be stored above eye level and containers should always be carefully closed to prevent fumes from escaping and building up. If you are low on any pool chemicals, consider stocking up before pool season starts to save some money.

Inspection

Before filling or using your pool, you should check it for signs of damage or wear:

  • Inspect the foundation, pump, and filter visually for cracks and breaks and check the drainage area.
  • Make sure the pressure gauge is working correctly and that none of the wire components are frayed or cut.
  • Clean the heat exchange before you turn it on.

Preparing the Pool

The next step is preparing the pool itself for use:

  • Remove the pool cover and clean it off before allowing it to fully dry.
  • Roll it up tightly and store in a dry place.
  • Continue your inspection by checking the deck and pool finish for damage or signs of wear.
  • Fill the pool until the water is halfway up the skimmer weir.
  • Clean and vacuum the pool to remove any debris.

Treating the Water

Now that everything is in place, it’s time to make sure the water is safe to swim in:

  • Test the water to check the pH balance, total alkalinity, calcium hardness, free chlorine, and metals.
  • Adjust chemicals until they are all within the correct levels. Be sure to consult a guide and adjust the chemicals in the correct order!
  • Turn on the pool filter.

Once your pool has been filled and treated, it may look like it’s ready to go, but it’s for the best to leave it for at least 24 hours before use. This will give you time to ensure the chemicals are not fluctuating too much, and will give the water some time to warm up!

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