Here at Carolina Pool Builders, Inc., we want to help you keep your pool in the best possible condition. When it comes to pool care, one essential component is proper pool opening. To help you make sure that you are doing everything you need to keep your pool in good shape, in this article our team will provide a step by step guide to the pool opening process.
- Step 1: Remove the pool cover. The first step in pool opening is to remove the pool cover. This can be trickier than it sounds, especially if you have a solid pool cover or your cover has accumulated debris over the winter. Do your best to drain off any water and remove any debris before you move your pool cover, as that will make the process easier. Once your cover is off, make sure to clean and dry it thoroughly before storing it for the season.
- Step 2: Tend to the filter system and plumbing. Next, you should reconnect your pool’s filter system, replacing the plugs–most pools have three, two in the pump and one in the filter–and reattaching all the unions. You should also remove any plugs in the plumbing and install the eyeballs in their places. Don’t worry if this sounds confusing, as you can always reach out to our team at Carolina Pool Builders, Inc. for advice. Lastly, make sure your electrical components are turned back on.
- Step 3: Turn on the filter system. Once everything is properly connected, turn on your filter system. As it starts circulating water, check for leaks or other issues.
- Step 4: Clean your pool. After you have the filtration system up and running, we at Carolina Pool Builders, Inc. recommend cleaning your pool. The clarity of your water following pool opening can vary from year to year–if it’s so cloudy that you can’t see the bottom, brush the walls and allow the water to filter overnight before vacuuming. If you can see the bottom, you can brush and vacuum without the wait period.
- Step 5: Balance the chemicals. The last step in pool opening is to make sure your pool’s chemistry is properly balanced. If you have a lot of algae, you may need to shock your pool with more chlorine, but otherwise you can just add your basic maintenance chemicals.