What You’ll Need
Index chart for balancing
No Mor Problems
At a Glance
8 Steps to Close Your Pool
Step 1: Clean off the cover
The first step in opening your pool remove any debris from your pool cover. For solid covers you can use a broom to push off debris. For mesh covers you can use a skimmer net for large debris on the surface.
TIP: Use the Cover Pump
For solid covers with standing water on top, use the provided cover pump to remove standing water on top of the cover.
Step 2: Remove the cover
Carefully remove your pool cover, avoiding dropping as much residual debris back into the pool, and place in a clean dry area for storage.
TIP: Storing the cover
Avoid storing covers on the floor in the garage or outdoors. Otherwise, your cover may become damaged by weather or rodents nesting in it – ruining it by the time winter comes around again.
Step 3: Skim the pool
Using your skimmer net, remove any debris that may have fallen into the water during removal of the pool cover.
Step 4: Remove Plugs
Remove any expansion plugs from inlets/outlets that were installed during the previous pool closing.
Bubbling from pipes as water re-enters is normal.
Step 5: Reinstall Fittings
Reinstall all of the pool’s fittings that were removed during closing, such as wall fittings, solar blankets, skimmer baskets, cleaners and lights. Pool accessories should be reinstalled as well, including the ladder and diving board.
Step 6: Raise Water Level
Fill the pool – raising the water line to the proper level.
TIP: Proper Water Level
Your water level should be approximately half way up the tile and/or half way of your skimmer inlet.
Step 7: Setup Filtration System
Reinstall any drain plugs, and set the valves for recirculation.
Step 8: Balance Water
Using your preferred test kit, check water balancing and adjust as needed.
Step 9: Add a Preventative Algaecide (optional)
To keep the water clean as the weather becomes warmer, use a preventative algaecide like No Mor Problems to keep algae from growing.
Pool Opening Do's
- Clean off cover before removing it
- Skim any debris from surface
- Double check that the expansion plugs have been removed
- Double check that drain plugs in equipment have been reinstalled
- Add preventatives to protect against algae as the weather heats up
Pool Closing Don'ts
- Don’t wait to reopen late – this can cause large blooms of algae
- Don’t run equipment with expansion plugs installed – this can damage equipment.
- Don’t forget to add preventatives to prevent algae and stains in the spring