Your Opening is Important
In New England, opening a pool correctly is super important because the winter weather can mess up your pool equipment and structure. If you don't take care of your pool early in the season, it can get all gross with algae and bacteria, making it unsafe to swim. Plus, opening your pool early means you get to use it for a longer time and get more bang for your buck. If you don't do it right, you could end up with a closed pool for way longer than you want, and nobody wants that. So, do yourself a favor and open your pool the right way for a summer full of fun and relaxation.
Pool and System Preparation
- Remove the pool cover. Ask us for the best way!
- Re-attach all hoses. Make sure suction/ pressure hoses are attached to the corresponding suction/pressure fittings. If you have a heater or chlorinator now is the time to install those.
- Install the two plugs at the bottom of the pump housing. Install & tighten the drain plug on the filter tank. Apply teflon tape to threads to seal.
- Re-install and tighten all ball valves and their handles. Also, tighten all unions.
For Sand Filters: Install the sight glass and pressure gauge on the vari-flow valve. Turn valve to filter. Re-attach the backwash hose.
For Cartridge Filters: Install the pressure gauge and air release valve. Put clean cartridges inside the filter tank.
For DE Filters:
- Fingers: Install the pressure gauge and turn the ball valve to off position. If needed, clean and reinstall fingers.
- Grids: Install the pressure gauge and sight glass. Re-attach backwash hose. If needed, clean and re-install grids.
- If you have an automatic chlorinator or a heater now is the time to hook it up.
- Take the plastic bottle out of the skimmer or remove the skimmer plug. Replace with a basket. If your lines are blown out & capped, be sure to remove the wall plugs. Install return jets and safety suction grate.
- Make sure the water level is about halfway up the skimmer. Fill if necessary.