How to Open a Phoenix Pool in the Spring

How to Open a Phoenix Pool in the Spring

As pool season approaches, many new Phoenix pool owners are wondering what steps to take to prepare their pool for the warm days ahead. You may have searched for information on “opening” your swimming pool, but the truth is, with our long swim seasons and mild winters, Phoenix pools never really close. This makes our job in spring much easier than that of pool owners in northern locations. All that is really needed to prepare your pool for swimmers is a good cleaning and water treatment. We’ve put together a simple step-by-step plan to show you how to prepare your Phoenix pool for spring and summer enjoyment.

1. Swimming Pool Chemicals

Make sure you have all needed chemicals before starting, including chlorine and algaecide . If you do not have all of these, you will not be able to open your pool properly.

2. Pool Cover

Not all Phoenix pool owners cover their pools over the winter, opting instead to enjoy the beauty of the pool and the warm spa for winter relaxation and entertaining. But if you chose to cover your pool, whether for safety reasons or to protect it from the elements, you’ll need to go through the process of removing, cleaning and storing your cover.

Depending on the type of pool cover you have, you may need to drain any standing water with a pump. Make sure that you remove as much water and debris as possible, as this will make the process easier when the cover actually comes off. After the cover has been removed, brush off excess dirt and debris and then give it a good scrub down with a strong cleaner. (Make sure the chemical is recommended for your cover as using harsh chemicals not recommended by the manufacturer could void your warranty.) It’s best to wash the cover on the driveway or other paved area where chemical and dirt run-off won’t make its way into the pool. Rinse the cover thoroughly to ensure that all cleaner is removed. Chemical residue left on over time could damage or discolor your cover. Allow the cover to air dry before storing for the season.

If you have a built-in retractable cover, this step will be much easier. Simply brush off the cover to remove built up dirt and large debris (making sure to sweep away from your pool!), remove any standing water that may have pooled on top of the cover, and then press the button to retract it!

3. Brush the Walls and Steps

Brush the inner walls, tiles and steps of your pool with a firm-bristled brush to remove any stubborn dirt that may remain from last season or mold and algae that may have accumulated while the cover was on.

4. Pool Water

Top your pool water with clean water to bring the water level halfway up the skimmer openings.

5. Pool Equipment

You probably continued to circulate your pool over the winter, but perhaps you didn’t maintain your system as carefully as you would during the summer months. Now is the time to check your system. Make sure your pump and filter are connected properly and that your filter cartridge is clean. It is always a good idea to lubricate any and all O-rings. This will minimize cracking and drying out. Check your debris baskets for any blockages or issues. Finally, make sure your lines are open before starting the pump. If you have removed any ladders or ropes prior to the winter months, this is the time to reinstall them.

6. Swimming Pool Debris

Now is the time to remove any large debris from the pool. Do not attempt to vacuum this debris, as it will only lead to problems. Once the large debris has been removed, you may begin the process of vacuuming.

7. Shocking the Pool

Once the pool has been cleaned of all debris, it is a good idea to shock the pool. Shocking the pool is the process of using more than the normal requirement of chlorine. Follow the guide on your chemicals and allow the pool water to circulate for 24 hours.

8. Pool Chemistry

Once the pool has circulated for 24 hours, you will need to check the water stability. This involves checking the pH balance, hardness, as well as the salinity of your swimming pool water.

9. Enjoy

Once the hard work is done, your pool is clean and you can look forward to those warm months ahead while relaxing in your own personal oasis.


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