How to Open Your Swimming Pool for Spring
The birds are singing, flowers are blooming, and the weather is getting warm. Spring is coming, and that means it time to open the pool back up. Here's a step-by-step guide to make sure your pool opening goes smoothly.

What You’ll Need

Hamilton Index™

Index chart for balancing

Net

Skimmer net

Swamp Treat

Rescue Algaecide

No Mor Problems

Preventative Algicide

Shock

At a Glance

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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.

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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.

TIP: Use the Hamilton Index™

We recommend balancing according to the Hamilton Index™.

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.

Algae Blooms During Opening

If the pool has developed algae due to opening late or other issues, we recommend using Swamp Treat™ and shocking to get the pool clear.

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

 

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