Pool Opening

 

Date: July 11th, 2011

When warm weather is approaching, it's time to think about swimming outside. Need some tips on opening a pool for a summer of swimming fun? These steps should help you get your swimming pool open the right way for the pool season.


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  1. The first thing you must do is remove the swimming pool cover. If there are leaves or other debris on the cover, use your leaf net to remove them.
  2. Pump off any standing water if you have a solid cover. Note: if your cover has a hole in it, you will be pumping water out of the swimming pool. This can lead to draining the pool if you are not careful.
  3. After removing the cover, clean it, let it dry, and store for the season.
  4. The pool will have lost water from the winter season. Add water until it is brought up to its normal operating level.
  5. Remove any freeze plugs, Gizzmo's, and other items installed to protect against freezing.
  6. Clean your filter - this will be much easier if you cleaned before winterizing your pool. If you did not clean the filter before closing, thoroughly clean the filter.
  7. Start your filter system, but be sure to prime the pump before starting the motor. Purge all the air from the plumbing and equipment. Warning: Air will be compressed during this procedure. Be sure to release any built up pressure before opening your filter, pump, or chemical feeder.
  8. Check for any leaks.
  9. Assess the pool itself. Hopefully, you had a solid cover on and the water is as clear and blue as when you closed it. If not, you will want to remove any large debris with your leaf net, leaf rake, or leaf eater.Pool Cleaning CountryMax.com
  10. Any dirt, sand, algae, or other small debris should be vacuumed to waste.
  11. After cleaning the pool, it's time to check the water chemistry.
    • DO NOT begin by throwing a bunch of chlorine or other chemicals into the water. Adding chlorine and other chemicals in certain circumstances can damage and/or stain your pool surface.
    • Allow the water to circulate at least 8-12 hours, so that the water that was added has time to mix with the water in the pool.
    • After that time, test it thoroughly, then add the necessary chemicals in the proper sequence to balance the water chemistry.
  12. Install handrails, ladders, etc. while being sure to inspect them for wear and damage. If you apply car wax to the stainless steel rails, it will help protect them from corrosion.
  13. If you have a diving board, check to make sure it is free of stress cracks. If the board has any stress cracks, it should be replaced. If the surface has been worn smooth, you can use a refinishing kit to correct this.
  14. Tile lines can be cleaned with baking soda and a sponge if you do not have any pool tile cleaner. Do not use any household cleaners (especially abrasives) to clean the tile. You do not want to swim in these chemicals.

Enjoy your beautiful pool!



Source: http://swimming.about.com/od/poolandspamaintenance/qt/openswimpool.htm



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