How To Open Your Own Swimming Pool

Avoid a summer filled with headaches by opening your pool the right way. With a well-ordered system, you can prevent future problems and lay the groundwork for a pool care plan that’s simple to maintain. We’ve outlined a few important steps to help ensure a smooth, carefree opening for your pool. Of course, we are always ready to assist with information tailored to your specific pool care needs.

Remove the Pool Cover
If you use a solid cover, drain off the water- but not into the pool. Sweep the cover and clean it with BioGuard Stow Away® to prevent sticking and unpleasant odors. Store it in a dry place that’s free of debris and protected from the sun and weather.

Fill the Pool
Your pool must be filled to the middle of the skimmer opening to circulate properly.

Check your Pump, Skimmer Basket, and Filter
Make sure all equipment is clean and in working order. Start the circulation system and remove debris from the pool. If the filter (sand, D.e. or cartridge) is dirty or wasn’t cleaned before your pool was closed, remove grease and oil with BioGuard Strip-Kwik®. For scale build-up (white or gray flaky mineral deposits), use BioGuard Kleen It®.

Bring in a Water Sample for Testing
Circulate the water 24 to 48 hours before taking a water sample. Using a clean plastic container, scoop about a quart of water at elbow-depth from the pool away from skimmers and returns. Seal the container and bring it in to Caldwell Pools for testing and analysis. You’ll get personalized instructions for starting up your pool.

Test Sanitizer and pH Levels
Use one of the BioGuard Test Kits or Test Strips to regularly check the sanitizer residual and pH levels. To maintain proper balance, you should be in the following ranges:

  • Free chlorine residual 1 to 4 ppm for chlorinated pools
  • Total bromine residual 1 to 3 ppm for brominated pools
  • Sanitizer residual (“B”) 30 to 50 ppm for SoftSwim® pools
  • pH 7.4 is ideal pH. (7.4-7.6 is acceptable)
  • Total alkalinity 125 to 150 ppm (80-150 ppm for Mineral Springs)

Calcium hardness:

  • Plaster & SoftSwim® pools 200 to 275 ppm
  • All other types 175 to 225 ppm

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