Opening Your Pool for Spring

Opening Your Pool for Spring

Learn how you can prepare to open your pool back up.

Spring is finally here, bringing beautiful weather and warmer temperatures for everyone to enjoy.  One of the best ways to enjoy these improved weather conditions is by re-opening your swimming pool.  Not sure how to begin the opening process?  Here are some suggestions to help you prepare your pool.

  • Drain and Clean Pool Cover

One of the first things you need to do to open your pool is drain the excess water off your cover.  Luckily, to complete this task, all you need to do is place a cover pump on the cover and let it do its thing.  Once the water is drained away, clear away the leaves and other debris that have settled on the cover.  This will decrease the amount of debris that you will have to scoop out of the water.  Once your cover is relatively clean, remove it from your pool.

  • Prepare Cover for Storage

Before putting your cover into storage, lay it out and brush away any debris that you missed and let it dry completely.  Before putting it into storage, sprinkle both sides of the cover with talcum powder to prevent the growth of mold or mildew.  Finally, you can store your cover in a cool, dry place.

  • Adjust Water Level and Hook Up Equipment

Once your pool is exposed, use a hose to get the water level back up to the usual level.  Then, reconnect your filter, pump, heater, and anything else you might have disconnected when preparing your pool for freezing temperatures.  Before turning your equipment back on, make sure you replace the winterizing plugs on your equipment with the normal drain plugs.

  • Turn Your System Back On

At this point, you should start turning most of your pool equipment back on.  For instance, you should start priming the pump and turning on the circulation filtration system.  If your pool uses a filter with an air relief valve, make sure you open it to let the air inside the system dissipate.

  • Test Your Pool Chemistry

After letting your circulation system run for a couple of hours, you will need to test your pool’s chemistry.  For instance, you will need to check your pool’s pH, total alkalinity, and chlorine levels using a good test kit.  Your pH should be between 7.4 and 7.6, your total alkalinity should be 80-120 ppm, and your chlorine level should be 2.0-4.0 ppm.

These are some of the steps that you will need to take to re-open your pool this spring.  Want another way to celebrate the start of spring?  Review your homeowners policy to make sure you have all the coverage you need this season.  For assistance with your coverage, contact the team at Lamburt Corporation Insurance in Stratford, Connecticut.  We are ready to get you the coverage you need today.