How To Open Your Swimming Pool (Spring Start Up In-Ground)


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Springtime is here and you've been putting off opening your swimming pool because "the start" of the swimming pool season is a month away. The earlier you start-up the swimming pool, the better. Opening your swimming pool a few weeks earlier than normal can mean the difference between saving you money or costing more money.

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Step by Step


Step 1

Remove your pool cover - Remove any leaves and debris off of the winter pool cover. If you use a solid cover, drain the water off the cover using a submersible pump. Clean the cover thoroughly and let dry in the sun before storing it.

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Step 2

Use your garden hose or water supply to begin raising the water level. The water level needs to be midway up the skimmer before the pump and filter can be started. While you are waiting for the water level to increase, plumb in the pump, remaining swimming pool equipment and replace all drain plugs for the pump, filter heater, etc. (MAKE SURE THAT THE BREAKERS ARE OFF). Connecting all of the plumbing now will allow you to check for leaks once the correct water level has been reached.

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Step 3

Once the water level has reached midway up the skimmer, you can prime the pump. Make certain that the winterizing plugs have been removed from the returns and skimmer(s).

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Step 4

Once the pump and related equipment (filter, heater, salt system etc.) are up and running check for any leaks. If there are leaks present, mark them, then turn the pump off while repairs are made. If there are no leaks present, continue to let the pump run non stop (24 hours per day).

Step 5

If the swimming pool water is clear enough to see the bottom, you can vacuum any leaves or debris. If you are vacuuming through your filter system, switch your valve to waste (does not apply to cartridge filters). This will allow all the debris that is being vacuumed to bypass the filter and be flushed out through the waste port. The water level will drop while you do this. You can fill up the swimming pool using a garden hose while you vacuum. Continue to let the pump run non-stop (24 hours per day).

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Step 6

After all the debris has been removed, take a sample of the swimming pool water. Make certain that you take it from the deep end while the pump and filter are running and at least a foot below the water level. Obtaining the proper chemical levels will be vital to a safe and crystal clear pool. Continue to let the pump run nonstop (24 hours per day).

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Step 7

Once the proper chemical levels have been achieved and the swimming pool water is being filtered and circulated properly, you can set the swimming pool timer (if you have one) to operate on schedules. The swimming pool water needs to be circulated at least 6-12 hours per day depending on the size of the pool and related equipment. If the swimming pool should turn green, bypass the timer and let the filter and pump run 24 hours per day and check and adjust the chemical levels as needed.

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InyoPools Product Specialist  Posted: 5/26/2015 

black pool - When you first open a pool and it is black, you will first have to add a number of chemicals to get it back into chemical balance See our guide on "How To Maintain A Swimming Pool Part 1 (Chemicals)" for further information. When you vacuum out the debris, switch your filter to "Waste" mode so the debris does not go though and clog up the filter. And if you didn't completely clean your DE Filter Grids last year, you should do that now. See our guide on "How To Remove and Clean Hayward DE Filter Grids" for more information.

Anonymous  Posted: 5/25/2015 

whenever i opened the pool. the water was alomost black. i told my husband to clean the grid. he say shouldnt clean the grid often i told him yes have too cause 36 thousand gallon of water so pool isnt clean. i just got new pump too.