While it may seem hard to imagine now, the time is quickly
approaching to open your swimming pool for the season. Opening the
pool is a big chore that many pool owners would rather not have to
deal with - and a growing number of owners opt to have a
professional service company take care of the process to ensure
that it's done quickly and correctly. For those who choose to
open the pool themselves, there can be a lot of work involved.
Here's a closer look at how to open an inground swimming pool.
Uncover the Pool
The first step to opening the pool is to remove the pool's
cover, which should then be cleaned and stored in a safe place
where you won't forget about it. At this point, you can evaluate
the general condition of your pool. Take a minute to examine the
surface for cracks, leaks, stains, and for the formation of algae
in the pool. It's better to identify these problems first before
going through the process of draining and/or cleaning the pool. The
next step will be contingent upon the condition of water and what
type of pool you own.
Drain and Clean
Depending on your type of pool, this may be the time to get down
to the business of draining the swimming pool. The majority of
experts will recommend using a professional to drain your pool; for
a more detailed look at the draining process, read our blog post on
How to Drain an
Inground Swimming Pool. Once the water has been drained, the
pool should be cleaned with chlorine or acid. Now, any pool-related
items such as fittings, handrails, or baskets can be installed, the
pool deck and equipment can be rinsed off, and water can be added
back to the pool.
Vacuum Pool Opening
For some pool owners, a vacuum pool opening will be the best way
to open the pool. This process is similar to the drain and clean
opening with the exception that the pool is not drained. Instead,
the pool should be vacuumed to remove debris from the water and
clean dirt from the pool floor. Next, the walls and floor of the
pool should be thoroughly brushed, and the water and walls should
be shocked with chlorine so that all organic staining is removed.
Next, water can be added back in to refill what was removed during
the vacuuming. Given the amount of time and effort involved in
opening your inground swimming pool - not to mention the chemicals,
equipment, and know-how needed to complete the job - it is not hard
to understand why so many pool owners would rather let
professionals handle the task. If you have any questions about
opening your inground swimming pool, or if you'd like to schedule
an opening, don't hesitate to contact AAA Pool Service today.