Easy Pool Start Up

Easy Pool Start Up Procedures.  Expert Directions On Spring Pool Opening & Start-Up Kit Pool Maintenance.


A pool opening in the U.S. normally ranges between $150-$300. You can save a little time and money by doing some or all of the work yourself.

From personal experience, here's a good list for you to follow.

It's pretty much the opposite of a swimming pool closing.

These are the steps I take when I opened pools for people in Oregon. Now I take care of pools in Florida.

At the beginning, remember to allow some time for the water to balance out. Take it slowly and add only add one chemical at a time.

More time swimming and less time clearing up your pool with my F.T.A. Process. Click on the pictures above to get started.

Easy Pool Start Up

Raise the chlorine after you get the pH level down to about 7.0. Chlorine works better at a lower pH. Allow for one full turnover (usually 12 hours) re-test, and make another adjustment if needed.

Easy Pool Start Up

Here is a list of things you can do yourself to help lower the cost of opening your pool in the Spring:

  • Remove, clean, fold and store pool cover and air pillow
  • Testing water balance; adjusting calcium, total alkalinity and pH levels
  • Replacing stored items; ladders, auto cleaner, baskets, plugs, gauges, etc...
  • Inspect and test electrical service to pumps, lights, heaters, etc. Load testing
  • Lube plugs, fittings, valves and o-rings
  • Flood lines, prime-up, start-up and adjust filtration equipment
  • Brush tiles and scrub skimmers with cleanser
  • Blow off, then hose pool deck
  • Skim pool surface. Vacuum pool to waste using portable vacuum equipment.
  • Super chlorinate to breakpoint levels with liquid chlorine
  • Brush pool walls and steps. Re-check chemical levels in 12-24 hrs, adjust as needed 
  • Backwash filter when pressure gauge rises 8-10 lbs or if the flow is reduced
  • Walk around your above ground pool and look for signs of wear and pool integrity
  • Check for cracks at the skimmer, the returns, and water line
  • Check the DE grids for tears
  • Measure the sand filter freeboard
  • If you cartridge filter has more than 2000 - 2500 filter hours it's time to get a new one

Re-check chemical levels in 12-24 hrs, adjust as needed. Use a good quality pool water test kit. I use and recommend the FAS-DPD K-2006 Taylor pool water test kit. 

Replace test kit reagents every Spring (annually) and follow pool water test instructions to obtain accurate results.

Pool Start Up Chemicals Checklist:

You really don't need many chemicals to clear up your pool. It should only take a few days and about $20 - $25 per 10,000 gallons.

Make sure that you have...

  • Tile & Vinyl Cleaner
  • Winter Cover Cleaner
  • Metal Remover/Sequester (Jack's Magic HEDP)
  • pH Minus or Muriatic Acid
  • Calcium Hardness Increaser
  • Chlorine Shock Treatment
  • pH & Alkalinity Increaser/Sodium Bicarb/Borax
  • PolyQuat 60 Algaecide
  • Calcium Hardness Increaser
  • Conditioner/Stabilizer (CYA)

Pool Start Up Accessory Check List

  • Vacuum Pole
  • Vacuum Head
  • Vacuum Hose
  • Vacuum Adapter for Skimmer
  • Wide Mouth Leak Rake
  • Wall Brush
  • Thermometer
  • Timer for Pump and Filter
  • Automatic Cleaner

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