Above Ground Pool Opening

Above ground pool opening and maintenance can take a bit of time but the end result is a clean and properly functioning swimming pool that can be enjoyed all season long.  If you take the necessary steps now to ensure that the water is clean, balanced and the equipment is running smoothly you will save yourself time and money in the long run and enjoy a season of fun in the sun. 

above ground pool opening

The required steps to getting your pool set up for the summer cost very little and only require a little bit of work and elbow grease.  We recommend purchasing an opening kit with the required chemicals to get the water balanced that may have changed over the winter.  If you are starting fresh it's important to get water chemistry right to ensure clean water and a healthy pool for anyone who enjoys it this year. 

Most above ground pools are relatively simple to open or maintain and can be accomplished by the do-it-yourself savvy pool owner.  The steps below should help you through this process but remember you can always call your local pool professional and they will make sure your pool gets off to a good start.  

This can can involve taking a water sample to a local dealer so they can analyze the chemistry and provide recommendations to get your pool balanced or a weekly or monthly visit from a pool professional that will keep your pool in great shape all season long. 


Above Ground Pool Opening Step by Step

If it's your first time opening your above ground pool it's important to work through the following steps.  As you go through these steps it's important to ensure that you've done a thorough opening so that you prevent time consuming and costly headaches down the road. 


1.  Pool Cover Cleaning and Removal

If you installed a good quality cover during winterization in the fall this step should be a snap.  It will vary depending on the type of cover you used but it's important that the cover is clear of any debris or water before you attempt to remove it.  If you try to remove the cover before cleaning it you can end up with debris or dirty water in your pool that will make it a lot harder to get your water clean and balanced. 

If you used a hard cover you may need to remove water from the top of the cover with a cover pump or sump pump.  If you notice that a large amount of leaves and similar debris are collecting on your cover over the winter you might also want to consider a leaf net that is placed on top of the cover and makes removing leaves a lot easier.

After the cover is cleaned it should be relatively easy to remove with the help of a friend or family member.  Take a few minutes and spray or hose off the cover before letting it fully dry and storing for the season.


2.  Cleaning and General Inspection

At this step of above ground pool opening you should have a relatively clean pool to work with.  The water should be clean for the most part and little or no debris in the pool.  You should give the liner walls and flooring a good clean if required and if you have an above ground pool vacuum now is a good time to use it. 

Make sure the skimmer and basket are clear of debris and not obstructed by anything.  Remove any devices used to prevent freezing damage including Gizmos or rubber stoppers.  It's also a good time to do a general inspection of all the plumbing and pool equipment.  You want to look for any cracks, leaks or signs of excessive wear and tear.  If you live in a cold climate it’s important to check for damage due to extreme weather conditions.


3.  Adjust Water Level

You will need to attach plumbing and check all valves depending on the extent of your winterizing and the system you are using.  If the electricity was shut off or disconnected that needs to be reactivated as well.

Raise the water level to the appropriate level after the system checks out free of damage.  Start the system and allow for purging of air as the water begins to cycle through the plumbing.  Make sure the filter, pump, heater and salt chlorine generator are functioning properly.


4.  Final Inspection

It’s a good idea to do a thorough cleaning once the system is running smoothly.  You can use a brush or scrub with your hands until your swimming pool is looking sparkling clean.  Above ground pool opening can be a little bit time consuming but worth every minute in the long run.  A clean pool will not only look good but also lengthen the life of your pool system and provide a healthier pool environment.


5.  Water Chemistry Balancing

It’s important to let the freshly added water mix with the existing pool water before taking a sample to a local pool store or testing yourself with a salt water test kit.  This can be done in approximately 4-8 hours depending on the size of your pool.  One of the benefits of a salt water system is they are very easy to balance and often don't require any adjustments and minimal maintenance during pool opening.


Above Ground Pool Opening Kits

An above ground pool opening kit is essential to getting your pool water off to the right start in the spring.  If your pool water sat stagnant or you added fresh water you will need to achieve the correct chemistry and balance the water before it's safe to swim.  An above ground pool opening kit is the easiest and most affordable way to achieve perfect water that you can enjoy all year long. 

6.  Hardware Installation

This is the final step and it’s the one that makes your pool functional and a lot of fun. You should have removed and stored all hardware during winterization leaving it in great condition and ready to use for the coming swimming season.  It’s always a good idea to inspect for damage or excessive wear and tear and replace if necessary.

Your above ground pool ladder should not have any damage or cracks that could potentially pose a safety risk.  Above ground pool opening and maintenance is quite easy if the proper steps are taken when during winterizing. It’s worth being thorough and getting your pool started on the right track so it can be enjoyed all summer long.


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