Warm breezes, buzzing bees, and the sound of lawnmowers mean that summer is not far away. Now is the time to prepare the inground pool for a season of sun and fun. Follow the steps below to get the necessary supplies and equipment and prepare the water for swimmers that will arrive en masse on Memorial Day weekend and will not leave until Labor Day.
Step 1: Purchase the appropriate pool chemicals, test strips, and test kits for your pool. New pool owners should consult with an expert to determine which supplies are best for the type of pool they have.
Step 2: Remove the safety or watertop cover from the pool. If the cover is mesh, allow all water to permeate the cover and flow into the pool. Pull back a corner in the shallow and deep ends, add some pool shock to the water, and recover the pool for two weeks. If the cover is solid, remove standing water with a cover pump before removing the cover. Use cover cleaner to clean the cover, then dry it, and repair any tears or rips.Fold the cover and store it in a dry location in a bag.
Step 3: If the pool water level appears much lower than it was when the pool was closed, the pool may have a leak. Have a professional repair all leaks before opening the pool.
Step 4: Remove skimmer guards and winter plugs from the pool. Add fresh water, filling the pool two-thirds of the way up the skimmer opening or faceplate.
Step 5: Reattach the pool filter, pump, and heater plugs that were removed during winterizing. To create a better seal and extend the lifetime of O-Rings, use a high-quality lubricant. Put the basket strainers into place.
Step 6: Ensure that all lines are open. If lines contain antifreeze, remove the drain plug and let the antifreeze flow into the pool. Start the pool pump and filter. Check for water leaks at connections and check the filter media. If necessary, backwash the filter, following manufacturer instructions.
Step 7: Remove debris from the floor of the pool using a pool leaf rake or strainer. Chlorine looks for leaves, twigs, and other contaminants to oxidize. Do not use an automatic pool cleaner to vacuum large or heavy debris.
Step 8: Turn on the filtration system to filter and circulate the pool water. Add a clarifier that helps the system to remove small particulates. Connect an automatic or manual pool cleaner and use it to vacuum the pool.
Step 9: Use a pool wall brush to clean the walls of the pool.
Step 10: Shock the water with two times the normal dosage of pool shock. Let the water circulate overnight. If the water condition is very poor, the filter may need to be backwashed or filter cartridges may need to be replaced.
Step 11: Take a water sample and test the water for balance. If chlorine tablets are used, check the chlorine level of the water. If the pool uses a salt system, check the level of salt. When using a test kit that features a reagent, use new reagent when testing.
Step 12: Condition the pool water to prevent rapid chlorine loss. Dissolve the recommended stabilizer in a buck of hot water and then add it to the pool.
Step 13: Remove remaining algae with an algaecide.
Step 14: ensure that all equipment is in working order and replace or reinstall accessories such as ladders, hand rails, and diving boards.