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How Do I Open My Pool For the Season

When pool season arrives, it’s time to open your pool. Ultimately, opening your pool can be a lengthy process, but you can successfully complete those as a pool owner. You can also hire an experienced and professional pool company to open your pool for you.

Balance Water Chemistry

First, you will want to do a water test in order to balance your water's chemistry before using your pool. You may need elements such as Chlorine, pH increaser and decreaser, alkalinity increaser, calcium hardness increases and water calcifier, to name a few components.

Opening an Inground Swimming Pool

Focus on removing any buildup off the pool cover as well as any standing water. Next, remove the winter pool cover from your pool. Inspect it thoroughly to see if it’s damaged in any way. If it seems intact, clean and store it for next season’s winterizing.

Next, skim the pool to grab any debris that may clog your filtration system. Then, remove any plugs. Reinstall all chutes and ladders. Add some water as it’s likely that you lost a few inches over the season.

Set up and run your filter and pump. Reinstall the drain plugs and filter. Turn on the pump and make sure it’s running properly. Make sure that the water is balanced. Vacuum the pool thoroughly and brush all pool surfaces.

Pool shock your pool in order to get it to breakpoint chlorination. This will kill all algae, bacteria and get the water as clean as possible before you swim in it. Run your filter for at least 24 hours before using the pool.

Call Us Today to Learn More About Opening Your Pool

At Cancun Pools & Spas in Mokena, Illinois, we offer a variety of services including pool cleaning, opening pools, water testing and repairs. We have been servicing the local area for the last 20 years. Call us now, we can inform you how to easily own and maintain a pool. Just think of the warmer months coming up, and how your perfect pool is waiting to be installed this year. To learn more about what we can do for you, call us today at 708-995-6100.


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