Opening Your Above-Ground Pool for Swimming Season

Diamond-Star-overhead-poolOwning an above-ground swimming pool provides tons of summer entertainment and relaxation, but it also requires a lot of hard work and responsibilities. When the winter season hits, it is necessary that you close your pool down properly so that it will sit safely all winter long. When it comes time to open your swimming pool for the summer time, you will have a lot less work to do if you winterized it properly. However, whether you closed it down well or not, there is still work to be done when summerizing your swimming pool. Here are some helpful tips to get you on your way to a summer full of swimming and splashing.

The first thing you will want to do is plan your opening process for a clear, sunny day. You do not want to be spending a day working on your swimming pool if it is raining and cold outside. On the sunny day that you planned for, you should first take off the winter pool cover that has been sitting on your pool for the whole winter. You will not need this for the warm seasons, so clean it off thoroughly, let it dry completely (you may need to use a cover pump to get all of the water out of it), and store it in a safe, dry place until you need it again. It will be replaced with a normal, swimming season pool cover.

Before you can put your summer pool cover on your pool, there is a lot of cleaning that needs to be done. Unfortunately, even with a winter cover over your pool, debris still somehow makes its way into pools and needs to be cleaned out thoroughly. The first part of the cleaning process is to scrub the sides of the swimming pool to remove any build up. Then, you should sweep up the floating debris with a pool net. After this, vacuum the bottom of your pool to remove and left over dirt, grass, rocks, etc. Your above-ground swimming pool should be visibly clean after you have finished these steps.

After cleaning, you will need to reattach all of the things that you disconnected when winterizing. For example, you will need to connect the pump and filter and turn it on to get the water circulating again. You should also put the skimmer plates back on, and get everything up and running the way that it should be. Once you have everything reconnected, you should fill the water all the way up. It should have been drained below the skimmer for the winter.

Once your pool is filled with water, you should shock it with pool shocking chemicals and check the pH balance to make sure the cleaning chemicals in your pool are doing their job properly. After cleaning, reconnecting every part of your pool, and balancing the chemicals, your job is done! However, it is recommended that you leave the pool sitting with the pump and filter running for at least 24 hours before you take a swim. Enjoy swimming season!