Thursday, April 18

How to Open a Pool for Summer

There are a whopping 10.4 million residential pools in the United States. So, there are plenty of Americans just like you who are preparing to open their pools for the summer. 

However, you need a bit of help with yours — you need a lesson (or a refresher) on how to open a pool. It’s easy enough once you learn the process. Here are the X steps to take this summer and beyond to prepare yours.

  1. Take Off the Winter Protection

You’ll start the process by removing the winter protection that you have in place. Pump out any excess water that’s on top of the cover and remove the debris, too. Then, remove the cover and grab your net to skim away any debris you didn’t grab in round one. 

  1. Inspect Everything

Next up, you’ll want to have a look at every part of your pool to make sure it hasn’t sustained damage during winter. Examine all parts, including the: 

  • Collars
  • Hoses
  • Pump cover, basket, and motors
  • Pressure gauge
  • Skimmer
  • Seals
  • Valves

If you do find damage, order replacements or schedule repairs. Also, check that the water level in your pool isn’t too low. If it is, then you may have a leak. 

  1. Swap Out the Filter

Your pool filter cartridge should be swapped every one to three years. That depends on how often you use the pool, as well as how much debris falls into the pool, how much oil and sunscreen gets in the water, etc. If it’s time to change the filter, then do so before the season starts. 

Every four years, you should replace the sand in your filter, as well. Make sure this is on your to-do list if it’s time for fresh sand. 

  1. Place the Pool’s Accessories

Next up, it’s time to put your pool’s accessories in place. This includes ladders, slides, diving boards, buoys, and lights. Inspect them all and make sure they’re in good condition; check to see that lights turn on, too. 

  1. Start Up the Pump and Purifier

Your pool’s pump helps keep things clean and sanitary. You’ll want that up and running before you go any further. The owner’s manual should instruct you on how to set up your pump again. 

You will want the purifier to start working, too. You’ll sanitize the pool in the next step, but having the purifier in working order is crucial before swimming. Hiring pool cleaners here can make sure that the pump and purifier are running perfectly. 

  1. Shock-Clean the Water

A shock treatment of the water will have it clean and safe for swimming. Make sure you leave the chemicals in place for 24 hours so that they really scour the pool. After that, test the chemical levels in your pool to make sure they are, indeed, at the right levels. 

Learn How to Open a Pool — Then Do It

With the summer ahead of you, you need to know how to open a pool. With the above steps, you’re well on your way to preparing your backyard for the fun that comes with the season. All it takes is a bit of preparation and cleaning, and you’ll be ready to make a splash. 

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