Getting Your Pool Summer-Ready

Summer sun and days full of fun are here and we are ready to kick our winter cover to the curb. But what exactly goes into getting your pool summer-ready? There are many different factors to consider when it comes to opening your pool but the first is: the way you close your pool will be how you open it. So, if you rushed through your pool closing last season and did not properly winterize there's a good chance it will take longer for your pool to become safe to use.


Before we get into green water, algae, or anything that could prevent your summer staycation, the first step in getting your pool summer-ready would be to remove the winter cover. If the water level is low, add some water to the pool before removing the cover, this can make it easier to pull the cover off. If there are any leaves or debris on your coverGetting Your Pool Summer-Ready - Image 1 it is best to clear that off first. It's safe to say you definitely don't want months of winter debris falling in your pool. Once the cover is off lay it out to dry in the sun before storing it for the summer. 


It is time to assemble your filter equipment. If you have an above-ground pool you will need to reattach the hoses that connect from your pool to your filter equipment (if your pool is in-ground pool you can skip this step). Once the hoses are secure, remove any plugs you used to winterize and install the return eyeball fittings.


When the filtration system is put back together and the water reaches mid-skimmer it is time to test your equipment. First, make sure all valves are open and equipment plugs are installed. Prime the pump by removing the lid and filling the pump house with water using a garden hose. 

Allow water to run through the pump housing for at least two minutes then replace the lid and turn the pump on. Once you see water filling the pump housing your pump is primed!


When the equipment is running smoothly you can start cleaning your pool. Pro Tip: the most efficient way to clean your pool is to skim, vacuum and then brush. Be sure to remove any large debris from the pool before balancing the water. You will need to test your water level for pH, Alkalinity, Calcium Hardness, and Cyanuric Acid before shocking the pool. We recommend doing this by filling a water bottle and bringing it to your local pool store. You can also purchase an at home water testing kit. After balancing the water it is time to add shock. It is important to make sure the pump is running when adding any chemicals to the pool and to wait at least 20 minutes before swimming. 


After completing these steps, break out your lawn chairs and start planning your next pool party! 


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