How And When To Open Your Above Ground Pool
With spring fast approaching, you’re probably already excited about getting your above-ground pool ready for use. But as any seasoned pool owner can tell you, opening an above-ground pool is a bit more complicated than just slipping the cover off. Even when covered, the stagnant water in your pool can cause serious health concerns, while freezing winter temperatures may have damaged your pool’s components and equipment.
Opening and preparing an above-ground pool for use can be an exhausting process, and it is best to let professionals handle it. But it is possible to do it on your own. Just follow these steps, and your pool is ready for swimming in no time.
1. Remove any leaves or debris that have settled on the pool cover. If there’s standing water remaining, use a cover pump to drain it out. Once it’s free of debris and water, remove the cover.
2. Spread the pool cover on a wide, flat area and clean it with cover cleaner, water, and a scrub brush. If a commercial cover cleaner is unavailable, you can use car shampoo as a substitute. Let the cover dry out and store it in a sealed container.
Note: Check the pool cover for tears and other signs of damage. Be sure to have damaged covers repaired or replaced as soon as you can.
3. Remove all plugs from all the openings as well as filter hoses, return-jets, skimmer basket, and ice compensator if present.
4. Reinstall the plugs and hoses into the pump and the skimmer basket and the return-jet into the return line.
5. Add water to the pool until it reaches proper levels. Use a hose filter to remove any impurities and make sure the water level reaches the halfway mark of the skimmer’s opening.
6. Install ladders, handrails, and other deck gear into the pool. Check each component for signs of damage or corrosion and replace it if necessary.
7. Plug in and switch on the water pump. For pumps with sand filters, make sure the valve is turned to the backwash position to prevent old water left inside the filter to drain out into the pool. Be sure to check for leaks while the pump is running.
8. Brush the walls, floor, corners, and other nooks and crannies of the pool. Use a leaf net or rake to skim off any floating leaves, bugs, and other debris from the water’s surface.
9. Let the water to circulate for 8 to 12 hours.
10. Test the water to make sure it has the right balance of chemicals. You can use readily available liquid test kits to check the water chemistry or take a sample to your trusted pool dealer and have them test it for you.
11. Shock your pool with the recommended amount of chlorine and other chemicals. Do your pool shock at night or dusk to prevent the chemicals from burning off too quickly.
12. Let the pump run for another 24 hours and retest again. If the results come out clean, then the pool is ready for use.
If you find the process complicated or you’re unsure you’ll be able to do it properly, don’t be afraid to ask your pool dealer for assistance. Showrooms like Smith Pools offer maintenance services that can test, clean, and prepare your above-ground pool at a reasonable price.