Opening Your Pool!

Hello, everyone!

It's almost time to open your pool and here are some steps and tips to follow to make your pool opening experience an easy and pleasant experience!

Step 1: Drain the water off of your winter cover:
Get a submersible water pump to set on top of your pool cover to suction off all of the water that gathered up over the winter. 

Step 2: Remove the winter cover:
Once you have removed as much water as you can off of your cover, it's time to remove the cover itself.

Step 3: Clean & Store the pool cover:
It is very important to clean your winter cover to reserve it. Leaving it uncleaned over the summer will have the chemicals from the pool eat away at it. On top of that, the cover will also have a bad smell to it.

Step 4: Raise the water back to the normal height:
Use a hose, or another method to raise the water to about half way up the skimmer.

Step 5: Reconnect your pool equipment:
Make sure the pump, skimmer, heater, etc are hooked up correctly. 

Step 6: Remove winter plugs and reattach drain plugs:
Make sure to take off all of the winter plugs and reattach the normal plugs you use over the summer.

Step 7: Start turning your equipment back on:
Turn on your pumps, filters, heaters, etc. Let the water circulate.

Step 8: Shock your pool:
It is good practice to shock your pool and kill any of the bacteria that grew over the winter.

Step 8: Test your pool chemistry:
Once you let your pool circulate for a few hours after shocking, test your pool chemistry:

  • pH – 7.4 to 7.6
  • Total Alkalinity – 80 to 120 ppm
  • Chlorine – 2.0 to 4.0 ppm

Step 9: Adjust your pool chemistry, starting with total alkalinity.
Adjusting the alkalinity level will allow you to easily adjust and maintain your pH level.

Step 10: Use an algae killer if needed.
If you still see any green or black algae, use an algae killer.

Step 11: Brush and Vacuum your pool.
Once you've put in all the chemicals you needed and have the chemistry balanced, it is common to still have dirt or debris left over from winter. You should hook up your vacuum and vacuum your pool.

Step 12: Continue to let the filter system run.
It is good to keep the water circulating.

Step 13: Prevent algae during the summer.
You can prevent algae build up by using a treatment of algaecide 60 weekly. 

Step 14: Bring your water in the get tested at Del Suppo Pools!
Come to our showroom at 26 McKean Ave, Donora. PA. 15033 to get your water tested for free!

Here at Del Suppo Pools we have all the chemicals and expertise you need to keep your pool running smoothly. Stop in to our store in Donora or visit our e-store at to pick up any chemicals you need!

Thanks for reading!