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With pool season fast approaching, now is the time to brush up on the steps required to open your pool. These straightforward steps can be performed by most pool owners but if you have any questions during the process, contact the experts at Ultimate Pool and Spa. We’re here to help!

If your pool was properly winterized, opening it for the season shouldn’t pose any issues. It’s okay if you missed a few steps in the winterization process, too – opening your pool as early as possible allows for ample time to balance the pool and address any equipment problems that may crop up.

  • Most people think the first step to opening your pool for the season is removing the cover. This is close, but there’s one thing you should do first to make your job easier. Take the time to remove the leaves and debris that have built up on your cover over the winter, along with any water that has pooled. Some of this may end up in your pool anyway but removing as much as possible will go a long way towards getting the water balanced and ready for swimmers. Once you’ve removed as much debris as possible, then remove the cover, and don’t forget to give it a good clean before you store it – your future self will appreciate it when it’s time to close the pool in the fall!
  • The next thing you should do is check the water level. It should be halfway up your skimmer before you turn your pump on to avoid drawing air into the pump, which could cause damage (and possibly costly repairs). If you need to top the water level up, take the time to do so now.
  • Checking all the equipment is the next step. Look for any signs of damage or issues you may need to address before the season begins. Any plugs from the filter, heater, or pump that you removed while closing your pool will need to be put back in, and now is when to put your skimmer baskets back in as well. Open your return valves, skimmers, and drains. Before turning your pump on, move your multiport valve to the ‘waste’ position. This will allow you to clean out the lines first, rather than adding more debris and murkiness to the water – just don’t forget to put it back into the ‘filter’ position before turning your pump on. When you’ve completed that, you can reinstall your diving board and ladders. Make sure you check your diving board for any cracks or structural issues and do not reinstall it if you find any, as this could pose a serious safety issue.
  • Now it’s time to turn your attention to the pump and filter. Prime the pump and turn it on. Make sure the filter’s air release is open so air can escape from the system. Have a look for any leaks and make sure you have proper flow. Ensure your filter or sand is in good shape and does not need replacement.
  • The last step is balancing your water. Before testing the water and making adjustments, let the pump run for a few hours first. Using your home testing kit, take a sample from the deep end after a few hours of runtime and adjust your chemicals based on your results.

Opening your pool for the season shouldn’t be a headache. By following these simple steps, you’ll be ready to go in no time. Of course, if you have any questions along the way, just give us a call. Our team is here to help you kick off pool season smoothly and hassle-free!