7 Easy Steps to Open Your Pool for Summer

7 Easy Steps to Open Your Pool for Summer


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There’s a right way and a wrong way to get your swimming pool ready for the lazy days of summer.  Miss any of these seven simple steps, and you could create hours of extra drudgery for yourself, or even cause damage to your pool.  But if you do it right, you can clean out the gunk faster and keep your pool pristine all summer long.

  1. Warning: don’t drain your pool!

Even if you live in a cold climate, you should never drain your swimming pool unless it’s an emergency. If you have a high water table under your property, it could actually lift your pool out of the ground, causing irreparable damage.


  1. Don’t take off your pool cover yet.

The greenish water lurking beneath your pool cover is most likely thick with debris. If you take the cover off before you’re ready, you’re just inviting in more debris and making extra work for yourself. For now, just leave the cover on.


  1. Start with the filtration.

First, clean out your filtration system, wash out the cartridge, and get everything running. Remember to remove any plugs you put in last year.


  1. Test your water.

Top off your water, if needed. Then take a sample to your local swimming pool store for a free test. They’ll check your pH levels, alkalinity, chlorine and calcium hardness, then recommend the products you need.


  1. Adjust your chemical balance.

Getting just the right chemical levels in your pool can be tricky. Here’s what the experts recommend:

  • Chlorine between 1 ppm and 3 ppm
  • Calcium hardness between 150 and 250 ppm
  • Total alkalinity between 80 and 120
  • PH levels from 7.2 to 7.4


  1. Wait until the water is clear.

It could take about a week until the water becomes clear, provided you clean out the filter daily.  When the water is clear enough to let you see the floor of the pool, then it’s finally time to take the cover off. Vacuum up all the debris and dead leaves, and you’re all set.

Then, it’s finally time to jump into the pool!


  1. Keep your pool pristine all summer long.

Test the chemical levels daily, vacuum the pool weekly, and have a professional test the water monthly. Don’t forget to keep the filter clean, too. Regular maintenance can keep your pool clean, cool and fun all summer long.