When warm weather is approaching, it's time to think about opening your swimming pool for the summer season. Need some tips on opening a pool for a summer of swimming fun? These steps should help you get swimming pool open the right way.

Your Swimming Pool Opening Checklist

  1. The first thing you must do is remove the swimming pool cover. If there are leaves or other debris on the cover, use your leaf net or brush to remove them.
  2. Then pump off any standing water if you have a water bag cover or a lock in cover. Note: if your cover has a hole in it, you will be pumping water out of the swimming pool.  If you see or think you have a hole, remove as much leaves and debris and then pull the cover. 
  3. After removing the cover, be sure to clean it with algaecide, let it dry, and store for the season. Make sure mice do not get to it.
  4. If you have a water bag cover or a lock in cover, you will need to add water, bringing the level up to its normal operating level.
  5. Remove any winterizing plugs, remove Gizmo or plugs from the pool skimmer(s), and any other items installed to protect against freezing in the winter.
  6. You should have cleaned your sand filter or cartridge filter thoroughly when you closed the pool for the winter. If not, you should do it before you start the pool for the summer season.
  7. Now, start your pool pump. Be sure to prime the pump before starting the motor. Be sure to flush out all the air from the plumbing and equipment. Warning: Air will be compressed during this procedure. Be sure to release any built up pressure before opening your filter, pump, or chemical feeder.
  8. Check for any leaks in the system.
  9. Assess the swimming pool itself and all pool side equipment.  If you had the pool winter cover on right the water will be as clear and blue as when you closed it. If not, you will want to remove any large debris with your leaf net.
     10. Any dirt, sand, algae, or other small debris should be vacuumed to waste.