How to open your above ground pool
Winter cover cleaner or Tile & vinyl cleaner
5) A friend to help
Set Up Your Pump, Filter and Other Equipment
You’ll need to bring your pool’s hardware back to life after a long winter’s slumber. The mad scientist goggles and lab coat are optional.
Start by removing all the winterizing plugs from the drains and gauges of your pool filter system, pump, and other equipment. Replace each one with standard plugs.
Next, attach your system’s hoses to your equipment, and double-check the connections.
Connect the skimmer to the pool pump.
Connect the pump to the filter.
Connect the filter to the heater, chlorinator, and any other extra filter equipment. If you don’t have any, attach the hose directly to the return inlet.
If you have a multiport valve, make sure it’s turned to the filter position.
Start Your Pump and Filter
Fire it up! Make sure the system starts, and check for any leaks or drips. Don’t forget to make sure the ground wires are properly connected to the pump.
If you find your system is running dry, you may need to prime the pool pump. You can do this by shutting off your filter system, removing the pump lid, and adding water from your garden hose or a bucket of pool water.
This will give the pump the boost it needs to start pulling water. Put the pump lid back on, tighten it up, and restart the system.
Whether your filter uses sand or the tiny fossilized organisms known as diatomaceous earth (DE), backwash it after you start your filter system up. The differences in technique between how to backwash a sand filter and how to backwash a DE filter are small but important. The biggest difference is adding DE after you backwash filters that use it.
Always follow your manufacturer’s instructions when backwashing any filter.
Clean Up Your Pool
If you’ve reached this stage and you have a pristine, sparkling pool, you can proceed with opening it. But, since you probably don’t have magic elves helping you in their spare time, you’ll probably need to get your hands dirty.
Your pool must be clean before you can add any start-up chemicals. Brush your pool, including the walls and any hard-to-reach nooks and crannies. While you’re at it, vacuum the pool, too. The floors need love and scrubbing after a long winter.
If the friend you recruited is still around, they’ll probably be happy to help in exchange for a free pool pass during the summer.
Once you’ve finished cleaning the pool, skim the surface of the water to collect any floating leaves, bugs, or other debris that may have snuck in while you’ve been busy doing everything else.
Add Start-Up Chemicals
If you’d rather not do it yourself, or if you just want to establish a baseline reading to follow through the rest of the pool season, you can take a sample of your pool water to your nearest pool dealer and have them test it for you.
Shock Yourself Before You Wreck Yourself
Once you’ve got your water balanced, you’ll want to shock your pool.
Use 2 pounds of Pure Pool pool shock for every 10,000 gallons of pool water, or 5 gallons of a liquid shock for every 20,000 gallons of pool water. This is a double shock, using twice the normal amount. This will give your pool a sanitizing whammy to make sure the water’s ready for swimming.
Important: Don’t forget to shock at night or at dusk to keep sunlight from burning off the shock too quickly.
After you’ve got everything ready, let your pool pump run for at least 24 hours. Vacuum out any debris that appears. Retest your pool water, and if the results are where you want them to be, grab your swimsuit and jump in!
Understanding how to open an above ground pool makes jumpstarting your pool season a lot easier. As you’re going through the opening steps, take a little time to create a pool maintenance schedule to keep things running smoothly all season.
Just be sure to take some time to enjoy all your hard work. Or what’s a pool for?
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