Common Pool Opening Mistakes:  A Guide to Proper Procedures

July 12, 2023

As the summer season approaches, pool owners eagerly anticipate the reopening of their pools. However, without proper care and maintenance, common mistakes can occur during the pool opening process, leading to unnecessary issues and frustrations. In this blog, we will discuss the most common pool opening mistakes and provide you with the correct procedures to ensure a successful and stress-free pool opening.

Top Pool Opening Mistakes to Avoid

1. Not Cleaning Your Pool Deck and Pool Cover

One of the most common mistakes is neglecting to clean the pool deck and pool cover before removing it. Debris, leaves, and dirt can accumulate over time, and if not properly cleaned, they can find their way into the pool, clogging filters and affecting water quality. Ensure that both the pool deck and cover are thoroughly cleaned before proceeding with the pool opening.

2. Ignoring Equipment Inspection

Failing to inspect pool equipment before starting the pool opening process is a critical mistake. Check the pump, filter, and other equipment for any signs of damage or wear and tear. Addressing equipment issues early on can prevent further damage and costly repairs down the line. Ensure all equipment is in good working order before proceeding.

3. Not Adjusting the Total Alkalinity and pH 

Many pool owners make the mistake of adding chemicals without addressing the total alkalinity and pH levels first. Without balancing the water first, the pool shock will not work as effectively. For most pools, pH levels should be 7.4-7.6 and Total Alkalinity should be in the 80-120 ppm range

4. Not Properly Balancing and Monitoring Chemical Levels

Failing to regularly monitor and adjust water chemistry is a common mistake that can lead to various problems. Neglecting to test and balance the chemical levels regularly can result in imbalanced pH, inadequate sanitizer levels, and uncomfortable swimming conditions. Add chemicals one at a time, allowing each chemical to fully dissolve and disperse before adding the next one. This ensures accurate measurement and proper chemical balance. Regularly test the water and make necessary adjustments to maintain proper chemistry balance.

Reopening Your Pool the Right Way

1. Remove Pool Cover

Carefully remove the pool cover, ensuring that any debris or dirt on top is cleared away before storing it. This prevents debris from falling into the pool when removing the cover. If the pool cover has water on the top, use a cover pump to drain the remaining water. 

2. Add Water to Pool

Fill the pool with fresh water before turning on the plumbing equipment. Make sure it is filled at its proper water level, ensuring it covers the skimmer intake. Remove any winterizing plugs or equipment that were used to protect the pool during the offseason, such as expansion plugs or gizmos.

3. Inspect Pool Equipment

Thoroughly inspect all equipment for any signs of damage or wear. When conducting an inspection, start by checking the pump and motor for any visible damage or leaks. You should also inspect the filter system, including the cartridges, to make sure they are clean and functioning correctly. 

4. Clean the Pool

Use a skimmer net and a pool vacuum to remove any debris, leaves, or dirt from the pool. Brush the walls and floor to remove any algae or buildup. A thorough cleaning prepares the pool for proper chemical balancing.

5. Test and Balance Chemical Levels

Using a reliable water testing kit, test the water’s pH, chlorine levels, alkalinity, and other chemical parameters. Adjust the chemical levels as needed to achieve the appropriate balance. 

6. Start the Filtration System

Prime the filtration system by removing any air pockets. Once primed, start the filtration system and allow it to run to circulate the water and remove any debris or contaminants. It’s essential to monitor the pressure gauge during this time to ensure that the filter is working correctly and not becoming clogged. 

Make Summer A Breeze  

By avoiding common pool opening mistakes and following proper pool opening procedures, you can ensure that your pool is ready for use and that it stays clean, healthy, and safe throughout the swimming season. Pool Brokers USA offers a variety of fiberglass inground pools that are easy to install and maintain, ensuring that you can enjoy your pool all summer long without worrying about the details. Contact our team today to learn more about our fiberglass inground pools. For additional  pool tips, visit our blog page or FAQ page
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