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Pool Opening Guide

Pool Opening Guide

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After speaking to some of the experts in the field, I've decided that spring pool opening is probably one of the easiest DIY jobs there is. And yet so many people hire professionals to open pools and Jacuzzis each year. Well, I'm here to tell you that this is certainly a project you can do on your own. So if you're interested in saving some money and learning a few new things about pool opening and cleaning a pool, then here's the guide for you.

- Start by pumping off the residual water and clearing away the debris from on top of your pool cover. Drag the sides of the cover as you go to pool the water together and make pumping faster and more efficient. Use a small electric pump for water and a leaf net for solid items. Remove the cover and leave it to dry before folding and storing for the summer. Note: If pumping the water takes longer than usual, check your cover for holes because this probably means there is one and the pump is just dumping water from inside your pool.

- Once you've actually reached the pool, the first thing you'll want to do is a general clean up. Some people prefer to clean before they've filled the pool, while others wouldn't dream of it. This doesn't really make a difference. Experts do say, though, to clean before using chemicals such as startup kits and water shimmer. Not only will this cut down on excessive and expensive effort on the part of your filtration system, but all chemicals tend to work more effectively in a clean environment. So put in some good ol' elbow grease and getter done.

- When all is good and clean, you can begin the startup process. This includes dumping some start up chemical kits into the water, running the filter/skimmer etc., and balancing the levels in your pool. Note: You'll want to remove and disengage any guards, plugs or stops you've put in as winter safety precautions. You should do this prior to restarting any equipment, as these small parts will damage the machinery if present during use.

- Shock the water once or twice depending on the degree of dirt, algae or water concentration of your pool. And finally, return fixtures, such as diving board and ladders, to their proper places.

If you're nervous to go it on your own, I recommend following the procedures from above and bringing a sample of your pool water into a pool care center to be analyzed. They'll tell you specific chemicals and quantities that you'll need to properly balance your pool levels.

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