How To Open Your Pool? The best part about owning a pool, swimming in it, of course.
The worst part, spending tons of time and money getting your pool ready to use only to run into big problems a few weeks later.
Luckily, we’ve got six tips to help you get your pool open and ready for swimming all summer long.
Tip number one, clean up your pool cover cleaning with the right equipment.
Your pool covers the first thing you’ll need to tackle but there’s a good chance it’s full of water, leaves, and nasty debris.
There are two pieces of equipment that’ll help you get your pool cover clean and off your pool quickly.
First is a submersible pool cover pump or regular sump pump, which will make quick work of most of the water on your pool cover.
Second, a leaf blower is a speedy and effective way of removing leaves and any debris that’s collected on top.
Not only is it the fastest way, but you also don’t run the risk of accidentally ripping your cover.
Number two, save money on supplies by stocking up early.
If you own a pool, it’s kind of inevitable that you’ll be spending money on it, but with a little planning you could save some significant dough.
So before pool season officially begins, stock up on supplies.
Most pool stores offer discounts on their products during the off-season.
So buy your essentials early like a startup chemical kit, sanitizer, and test strips.
And if you need to replace any plugs or filters, you might as well buy that while it’s on sale.
Tip number three, check your equipment for wear and tear.
You don’t want your filter or pump breaking down in the middle of the summer, do you?
So when you’re opening your pool and before pool season is in full swing, check all of your equipment for leaks, cracks, and damage.
You’ll want to check your filter system for damage or leaks, make sure that the pressure gauge is working too.
You’ll also want to check your pool pump and pump lid for damage or leaks, lubricate the O-ring on both your filter system and pool pump.
If you have a pool heater, check that as well and schedule any maintenance it might need.
And finally, check your pool cover for holes or damage.
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Tip number four, invest in an automatic pool cleaner.
Maybe you’ve thought about buying one of these already.
While this might be an expensive investment for some folks, a robotic pool cleaner will definitely make your life easier.
And buying one at the beginning of pool season means you’ll get the most bang for your buck.
Plus when you first opened your pool, you’ll be able to do that first cleaning in no time with the help of your new robot friend.
Tip number five, adjust your chemicals in the right order.
When you open and clean your pool for the first time, you’ll need to balance your water, but getting your water right means adding the right chemicals in the right order.
The first thing you need to tackle total alkalinity.
Total alkalinity is the water’s ability to neutralize assets.
It works hand-in-hand with pH, and they’re the biggest factors when it comes to balancing your water.
But pH is really volatile.
Total alkalinity acts as a stabilizer for pH, it’s like pH is a bodyguard, because it buffers acidity in your water.
That’s why you want to adjust it first.
The recommended alkalinity range is 100 parts per million to 150 parts per million with 125 parts per million being ideal.
The ideal pH level is 7.4 to 7.6 with 7.5 being ideal.
If you wanna learn more about pool chemistry, be sure to check out our other videos.
Tip number six, shock your pool at night.
After you’ve opened your pool, and you’ve got your water balanced, you’ll need to shock your pool.
However, if you shocked during the day, the shock can burn off too quickly and not do its job, and that’s a waste of money and time.
So shock your pool in the evening or at night.
And because this is the first time you’ve opened your pool in a while, you’ll need to give your bull a double shock which is twice the normal amount of shock.
That’s two pounds of pool shock for every 10,000 gallons of pool water or five gallons of liquid shock for every 20,000 gallons.
And that’s it.
Those are the six tips for opening up your pool.
If you missed anything or have any questions, please leave a comment to let us know and to help your fellow pool owner.