Swimming Pool Start Up: How To Instructions On Opening A Pool. 

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

Easy Pool Start Up

When Spring is in the air, your thoughts are not too far off from your in ground or above ground pool.  The fun of pool season is right around the corner.  But of course before you swim you need to open your pool.  Pool opening might not be the most enjoyable aspect of having a pool, but it's well worth the time and effort to have that perfect Summer you've been thinking about for the last few months.

A pool opening in the U.S. normally ranges between $150-$300.  Some places in the North Eastern part of the U.S. can charge up to $600.  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.  Slow is smooth and smooth is fast.

Raise the chlorine after you get the pH level down to about 7.0.  Allow for one full turnover (usually 8 - 12 hours) re-test, and make another adjustment if needed.  Balance your chemicals as needed.

Not every pool is the same.  Some have high pH and low TA while you may face the complete opposite.  Another pool may have metals or hard water, but you don't.  One pool might have a heavy bather load while another is simply used a couple times per week.

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How To Open A Pool Quick List You Can Do Yourself

  • Remove, clean, fold and store pool cover and air pillow
  • Top off your water.  Testing water balance; adjusting calcium, total alkalinity, CYA 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/sweep deck then hose it off 
  • Skim pool surface
  • Super chlorinate to 15 - 20 ppm with liquid chlorine
  • Brush pool walls and steps. Re-check chemical levels in 12 hours and 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.  Recharge with DE once the filter is installed.
  • Measure the sand filter freeboard.  This the measurement of the sand from the top of the sand to the top of the filter.
  • If you cartridge filter has more than 2500 - 3500 filter hours it's time to get a new one
  • Vacuum once the water clears

Re-check chemical levels in 12 hours and 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.  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.  But you do need to be careful when handling pool chemicals.  Keep them out of reach of children and pets.  And also check your safety fence for rust, corrosion, and structural damage during your opening and pool start up. 

"The Universal Laws of Pool Chemistry and Physics That Apply Equally To Every Outdoor Chlorine and Salt Pool In The World."

My friends, the above quote is one of the most important parts of your swimming pool chemistry.  There's not one outdoor chlorine or salt pool in the world that doesn't bow to the Universal Laws of Pool Chemistry and Physics.  If you're having problems with your swimming pool chemistry, you're not alone.  Thousands of pool owners just like you have the same issues every Summer.  But there's nothing wrong with you.  You're NOT wrong. What you're TOLD is wrong.  The information you're getting about your pool simply goes against the Universal Laws of Pool Chemistry & Physics that apply equally to every salt and chlorine pool in the world.  Any advice given to you about your pool will either CONFIRM or CONTRADICT these applicable laws.  

Folks, this is absolutely 1st Grade stuff.  Easy beyond belief!!  If you can add chlorine, sweep, and empty the skimmer basket, you can have a perfect pool!!  

Pool Start Up Chemicals Checklist

  • Tile & Vinyl Cleaner
  • Winter Cover Cleaner
  • Metal Remover/Sequester (Jack's Magic or ProTeam Metal Magic)
  • pH Minus or Muriatic Acid
  • Calcium Hardness Increaser
  • Chlorine Shock Treatment
  • pH & Alkalinity Increaser/Sodium Bicarb/Borax
  • PolyQuat 60 Algaecide
  • Conditioner/Stabilizer (CYA)
  • Taylor K-2006 Pool Water Test Kit

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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