Project Guide

How to Open a Pool

1
REMOVE THE COVER
Remove the cover
  • If your pool was covered for the winter, drain the water from the cover and brush off any debris. You may need to use a leaf blower to remove heavier debris buildup.
  • Carefully remove cover from the pool, and clean your cover thoroughly.
  • Allow the cover to dry completely before storing in a cool, dry place. This will help prevent mold and avoid damage.
2
RAISE THE WATER LEVELS
Raise the water levels
  • Use a water hose to add water to your pool as needed.
  • The water levels should reach the middle of your skimmer opening.
3
CLEAN AND CIRCULATE THE WATER
Clean and circulate the water
  • Attach a pool pole to your leaf rake or pool skimmer, and remove as much debris as possible from the water’s surface.
  • Brush the walls of your pool and vacuum the pool floor thoroughly to remove any remaining waste.
  • Allow your pool water to circulate for at least 24 hours.
4
TEST AND BALANCE THE WATER
Test and rebalance the water
  • Test your water using an at-home pool test kit, and balance your pool according to the results.
  • Start with balancing alkalinity, then pH, then total hardness.


Ideal levels for each are as follows:


Total Alkalinity: 80 to 150 ppm

  • If total alkalinity is low, add an alkalinity increaser.


pH: 7.2 to 7.6

  • If pH is low, add a pH increaser.
  • If pH is high, add a pH reducer.


Total Hardness: 175-270 ppm 

  • If total hardness is low, add a hardness increaser.
5
SANITIZE AND SHOCK THE WATER
Sanitize and shock the water
  • Once alkalinity, pH and hardness are all within the proper range, balance chlorine levels by sanitizing the water with quality chlorine tablets or granules.
  • Once the water is balanced, use a pool shock to remove lingering contaminants.
6
PREVENT ALGAE
Prevent algae
  • Protect your pool from algae by applying a dose of preventative algaecide according to label directions for pool opening.
  • Allow product to work overnight with the pump running.
7
RE-TEST AND ENJOY
Re-test and enjoy
  • Before entering your pool, re-test the chlorine levels to ensure it is in the safe range of 1-4ppm.
  • If the levels are well-balanced, your pool is officially open and ready for swimming.