When the weather becomes consistently warm, it’s time to open your pool for summer. Here are some basic steps for opening your pool, so you and your family will be ready to enjoy making a splash as the temperatures rise.
1. Remove and Clean Your Winter Pool Cover
Start by removing water, leaves and debris from your winter pool cover, using a submersible pool pump and broom. Afterwards, you should be able to carefully remove the cover from your pool and lay it on your lawn. With a soft brush, soap or winter cover cleaner and water, thoroughly clean your winter cover and get it ready for summer storage.
2. Take out Winter Plugs and Skimmer Ice Compensators
Next, you’ll want to remove winter plugs from return jets and step jets, and replace your return lines with the right fittings. Then, remove your pool pillows, or ice compensators, from your skimmer buckets and replace your skimmer baskets.
3. Fill up Your Pool
If your pool’s water level is below the normal operating level, you will need to refill it to the proper level using your garden hose.
4. Ready Your Filter and Pump
Pressure gauge, drain plugs and other parts should be replaced on your filter and pump when opening your pool for the season. Also, be sure to reinstall any other equipment, such as your boost pump, heater and chlorine dispenser, ensuring that all drain plugs are secure. Then, turn on your pump and filter, and check for any leaks and drips. In addition, be sure that your pump is pulling water.
5. Clean Your Pool
Using a pool vacuum, plastic leaf net and pool brush, remove as much dirt and debris from your pool as possible. You should also check to see if your valves are pulling water from your bottom drains.
6. Shock Your Pool
Take a sample of your water to Monarch Pools & Spas – located at 180 Furler Street, Totowa, NJ – for free, in-store water testing. Our team will be able to recommend the appropriate chemicals to clarify your pool water. Then, shock your pool, and let it run for at least 24 hours. Retest your water, and if everything checks out, get ready to dive right in.
If you suspect any problems during the pool opening process, Monarch Pools & Spas can help you get back on track. Our pool services include pump and filter repairs, pipe replacements and more, as well as pool opening and closing services. Serving homeowners in New Jersey in Rockland County, Westchester County, Putnam County, as well as Yonkers and Orange County, call our experienced team at 973-812-9440 973-812-9440 today to learn more about our in-ground and above-ground pool services.