How to Open Your Pool for the Summer

How to Open Your Pool for the Summer

Opening your pool is a great way to start off your summer, and with these steps you'll be able to do it the right way.

Steps

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Make sure to have all the necessary tools needed to assemble and connect the filter and pump to the pool itself (the tools you’ll need are listed below in the "Things You’ll Need" section).
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Try and have at least four people to help. Opening a pool is not a one man task, it is recommended to have four people to open a pool. You will be able to open a pool with two people, but it will make the process harder.
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Drain the water from the pool cover. Use a separate water pump to drain this water. Make sure that most of the water is removed from the pool cover, since this will make it easier to remove the cover and will eliminate the chances of contaminating the clean pool water.
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Start to disconnect any wires or tie downs from the cover to the pool once the water is removed from the pool cover.
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Have everyone at an equal distance away from each other to remove the pool cover. Then, designate two people who will start to roll the cover over itself from one end to the other.
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Know that while the two people are rolling the cover over, the other two can assist if they see any slack, and to make sure that the opposite side of the cover doesn't fall in.
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Remove the cover fully from the pool once the majority is compiled. Everyone must grab ahold of the cover and begin to lift and pull it out of the pool. This is why you try and drain most of the water from the cover early on, since having only 8-10 gallons of excess water can add up to 100 extra pounds.
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Start filling the pool with water.
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Make sure the filter and pump are in a location of your choosing. There are usually 3 hoses that connect the pool, filter, and pump all together. Hook a hose from the pool to the pump, then from the pump to the filter, finally from the filter back to the pool. Once the hoses are hooked on, you can now begin to clamp each one to secure it. Use either your socket set or screwdriver for this task.
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Put the ladder into your pool. There are many different kinds of ladders, some of which you can just insert right into your pool without any hassle, but there are others that require adding water to a tank that keeps the ladder stable and weighed down. If you have one of these ladders, you can place it in the pool and then begin filling up both tanks on the pool side. This will submerge the ladder.
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Be prepared to wait. Depending on the size of the pool and how much water is needed to fill it up to the correct height it may take a few hours to a day to fill up. You should make sure to keep checking the water levels of the pool when filling it up to keep the pool from over filling, which can lead to a flooded backyard.
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Add shock treatment. This will kill off any bacteria, and clear up the water after being winterized. Remember that after adding shock to the pool, you will not be able to swim in the water for at least a day, or until you check the Chlorine levels.
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Check the pool chemical levels after waiting. The recomended chlorine levels should be 3ppm, and pH should be 7.4-7.6. If they are within these limits, then you are able to begin swimming in your brand new pool. If they are not within these limits, use additional chemicals if needed, or wait to bring down the water levels.
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