Opening an above-ground pool can be exciting, as it signals the start of another summer of swimming and fun. However, it can also be daunting for those who have never done it before.
This article will provide a step-by-step guide to opening an above-ground pool, including tips and tricks for a successful and stress-free process.
How to Open Above-Ground Pool
Opening above ground pool is pretty easy, there are some simple steps to follow, and you will have a clean pool ready for summer. You won't require expert help; you can do it yourself.
The following are some easy steps that you can follow to clean your above-ground pool and sterilize its water.
Clean and Remove the Pool Cover
First, you must remove the pool cover that has kept your pool safe during winter. The cover can get pretty dirty during this time. Water, Leaves, and dirt can accumulate on the surface of the pool cover. Remove water with the help of a pool cover pump; it will remove all the water from its surface.
It is essential to remove water from the cover before removing it because water on the cover can get mixed with water inside the pool.
You must remove the leaves and dirt on the cover with a broom. If you don't, the dirt might fall into the pool and contaminate the water.
Don't use sharp objects while cleaning the covers; use a soft brush and gently remove all debris. Once clean, you can now remove the covers.
Carefully remove the cover and place it on the ground. Clean the pool covers and scrub off any dirt left on them. Use the pool cover cleaners available in the market to clean it properly. Dry the covers and fold them before storing them.
You must use an air-tight container to store the pool cover; this can increase the product's life. You can use a pool cover for several years if you take care of it. Wash and clean it before storing and always check before installing it.
You must remember never to use any sharp tool while handling pool covers.
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Remove Winter Accessories & Add Summer Equipment
To prepare the pool for summer, you must add all the summer accessories required. However, before adding the summer accessories, remove the plugs and other accessories installed for winter.
Find all the plugs, remove them carefully, and be gentle while removing them from the above-ground pool.
Any plug left in can be problematic when you start the filter and pumps. Remove plugs and put baskets in the skimmers.
Turn your eyeball jets to the pool bottom and add baskets. Eyeballs facing the bottom can help circulate the water properly.
Add the remaining equipment once the plugs are removed and baskets are added.
Closely examine the pool while attaching the summer equipment. It is essential to examine the pool after every fitting. Connect the pumps and hoses and make sure all connections are leakproof.
Check the setting one more time to see if anything went unnoticed. There are several small things that you can forget. Once everything is ready, add the ladder to the pool.
Place the thermometer in the pool so you can always know about the water temperature.
Now, it's time to fill up the pool.
Filling The Pool
Some people remove the water already present in the pool and add fresh water to the pool. It is good to remove the water; you can open the drain hose and remove all the water in the pool. Later, you can connect it to the water supply to add fresh water.
However, all the water already present would be wasted. The world is already facing a water shortage, and saving water as much as possible is important.
Chemicals are available to clean your water; below, you will find the methods to treat the water already present in the pool.
So, if you are not changing the water, add more water to the desired level. The water level in the pool decreases during winter due to evaporation.
Add water and fill the pool up to the desired level.
You can move to the next step once the pool is filled with water.
Preparing Filter And Startup
Once the pool is full, it's time to start the filter. The filter will clean the water, and you will see the change yourself.
Connect the drain hose to the water pump and the hose from the pump to the filter port on the filter. Connect the hose from the filter to the pool inlet. Now your filter system is ready, all the connections should be checked twice for any leakage.
Before powering up the filter, check if all the filters have been replaced.
Turn on the filter system and check the connections again. Leakage is a possibility, and it is important to check all the connections. Remove all the air from the filter before starting it so your filter doesn't run dry.
Turn off the filter before fixing any leakages, or the water pressure could increase the damage.
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Cleaning The Pool
Start the cleaning process once the pool is filled up and the filters ready. First, use the leave remover to clean any debris in the water. Remove all the debris, and then start cleaning the pool.
Use the pool brush to brush the walls and the bottom of the pool. Make sure you don't use any sharp objects while cleaning the pool, or it could damage the pool walls.
Scrubbing the wall and bottom with a brush is important before adding any chemicals. Let the water circulate for a while after cleaning the pool.
Once you are done cleaning the pool, add chemicals to treat the water. However, before you add any chemicals to the water, you must get it checked. Take a sample of your water and then measure the diameter and depth of the water.
If you know the amount of water, it is good, but if you don't, then measure the diameter and depth of the pool.
Take the water sample to any pool dealer nearby. Show them the water sample and give them the measurements of your pool. The dealer will check the water sample and give you the chemicals that need to be added.
Start pool shock by adding chlorine to the pool water. The dealer will provide you with the amount of chlorine added to the pool water. Add chlorine in the evening when the sun isn't shining. Add all the chemicals provided by the dealer and let it settle.
Test the water using a water kit for the chlorine level in it. It should range from 1-3 ppm. You can test the water with any pool testing kit. You can purchase a pool testing kit from any pool dealer.
It is essential to have a pool water testing kit. You will need it for the whole summer to check the water balance.
Check the hardness of the water and the chlorine level present in the water.
The alkalinity of the water should range between 80 – 120 ppm.
PH should be between 7.2 – 7.6.
Calcium should be between 180 – 220 ppm.
Follow the instructions on the kit if the results are not in the required range.
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24 hours are required for all the chemicals to settle down. Let the water circulate for 24 hours, and check the water balance again. Sometimes, the chemicals take time to mix with the water.
It is important to let water circulate for 24 hours before retesting. Check the water balance again and congratulate the pool that has been successfully cleaned if the results are within the required range.
However, if the results are not in the desired range, you must treat the water again according to the instructions given on the water testing kit. Give another 24-hour gap if the results are not in the desired range. Check again, and if the water is balanced, enjoy the above-ground pool and have fun.
Opening and cleaning above-ground pools are easy; however, some people consider it tough. They hire professionals and spend money that can be easily saved. You can spend that money to buy pool accessories for your kids.
The instructions above are simple and easy; anyone could easily follow them and open their above-ground pool. You can also save water and treat the water in the pool.
The whole process is very easy and won't take more than a few hours of your time. It is better to do it in the evening when the weather is cool. Read this article and open your pools by yourself.