Once your pool is closed up, most pool accessories tend to hibernate along with the pool until the spring. However, the almighty pool noodle has proven to be not only a fun pool accessory but also a versatile base for craft projects year-round.

When preparing to close your swimming pool for the winter, one of the most important steps is to winterize your pool plumbing. While it can be often overlooked, there is a lot of potential for damage to your pipes, mainly from ice. When ice freezes, it expands, and if it is inside your plumbing, that expansion pressure can do a lot of damage over the course of a few months.

A beautiful swimming pool can be a great centerpiece for you, your family, and your friends to enjoy throughout the warmer months of the year. However, swimming pools have a way of collecting debris and harboring all sorts of pathogens that can negatively impact your health. 

Opening your pool in the spring is without a doubt a very exciting time of the year! It signifies the end of the dreaded cold and the start of the vibrant warmer months. However, in order to avoid prolonging the process, it is important that it's done right the first time. It certainly won't be any fun replacing broken equipment or dealing with the results of swimming in a dirty unbalanced pool. We’ve set up a list of steps to help you open your pool and make the process as easy as possible for you. Limit the time it takes and spends more time enjoying your pool!

Be Prepared

Before you begin to open your pool, you're going to want to have all the materials out and ready to go. This way you will keep the process moving along with less disturbances. Constantly running in and out of your shed or finding out you don't have something you need will just be aggravating and a waste of your time. You’ll want to have all of the following at hand or somewhere that they can be easily accessed.

Clear Off Your Cover

After a long fall and winter, your cover is going to accumulate some sort debris and water on top of it. Without cleaning any of this off, the cover will be a lot more difficult to remove. If you do manage to remove the cover with out clearing it off, all of the junk on top of it is likely going to end up in your pool, making it more difficult to clean later on. Listed below are instructions on how to clean off either a solid or mesh cover.

  • Solid Covers:
    1. Use a pump to drain the water on top of the cover
    2. Use a leaf blower, leaf net, or brush to remove the remaining debris
    3. Drain the water bags or remove what ever is holding down the cover
    4. Remove the cover from your pool
    5. Hose down the cover to assure that it’s clean and let it dry
    6. As soon as it’s dry, fold up and place in storage
  • Mesh Covers:
    1. Use a leaf blower, leaf net, or brush to remove the remaining debris
    2. Remove whatever is holding the cover in place
    3. Remove the cover from your pool
    4. Hose down the cover to assure that it’s clean and let it dry
    5. As soon as it’s dry, fold up and place in storage

Remove Any Plugs

If you decided to drain your pipes and plug everything up, they will all need to be unplugged so your pool can function as normal. Failure to do so could do damage to your pool and/or your equipment, potentially costing you hundreds of dollars that you could be spending elsewhere.

Reassemble Everything

Anything that you have taken apart will need to be reassembled. There is no specific order these will have to go in, but they should all be taken care of before you add water to your pool or turn anything back on. Below are some examples of what may need to be reassembled.

Add Water to Your Pool

If you decided to drain your pool when closing it, you will need to raise your pools water level back to the level you want it at. Even if you did not go with this method, you will likely still have to raise your pools water level a bit. This can easily be done through any ordinary garden hose.

Turn on Equipment

Once everything has been reassembled and water has been added to your pool, you will want to begin turning everything on so your pool can begin functioning properly. Your pump should be primed, your filter should have a cartridge, sand, or D.E. in it, and the filtration system should be turned back on. Allow your system to run for a little bit to make sure everything is working as it should be and to help clean any debris that may be floating around.

Clean Remaining Debris

After the filter has been running for a little while you will then want to check your pool for any remaining debris. Depending on the quality and type of your cover, the amount of debris may vary. Use a vacuumautomatic pool cleanerbrush, or leaf rake to clean up what's remaining. Your pool will most likely require additional cleaning.

Test Your Pool Water

When you open your pool, the chemistry is most likely going to be off. After sitting stagnant for months, it's going to take some effort to get your pools chemicals to fall within the desired range. There are a variety of test kits that will help you know what the current chemical make-up in your pool is. They will then tell you how much of what you'll need to add. Listed below are the ranges that make up a balanced pool.

  • pH: 7.2-7.6
  • Total Alkalinity: 80-100 ppm
  • Hardness: 100-300 ppm

To find out more about how to test your pool, check out our blog "How to Test Your Pool Simply and Easily". This post will go into more detail on different methods of testing your pool, so you can go ahead and pick the way that's best for you!

Adjust Chemical Levels

After testing your pool, you will want to adjust your chemicals so they fall within the ranges above. Our spring opening kits will include everything you need to adjust your chemical levels and get your pool's water ready for the season! The opening kits will make the process as easy for you as possible. All you will have to do is follow the instructions on the packaging. Depending on how dirty your pool water is you may want to start off by giving your pool some additional shock. It will help kill off the bacteria that accumulated over the winter months as well with getting your pool closer to a balanced state. However, it's important to note that depending on the current state of your pool water, it could take up to three weeks to get balanced and clean. Once the water in your pool is balanced, your pool will be all set for you, your family, and friends to enjoy! To learn more about your pools chemicals and how to balance them, check out our blog "The Chemicals Behind a Balanced Pool".

Watch our quick tutorial on how to install a winter pool cover in your inground pool! 

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