When's The Best Time to Open Your Pool?
The ice has melted, and the flowers are about to bloom — spring is here! Now that the weather is starting to warm up, it’s absolutely the time to begin considering when you’re going to open your inground pool. A successful pool opening and cleaning are crucial for the health and longevity of your pool, and you need to be sure that it’s done right.
The best way to ensure that your pool is opened at the right time (and correctly!) is by investing in a pool cleaning service. But, if you’re thinking about tackling a pool opening by yourself, it’s good idea to create an action plan for yourself first.
Here’s what you should consider when deciding the best time to open your pool.
Sure, we’re talking about pool openings, but let’s take a second to revisit how you closed your pool this year.
If you closed your pool for winter before it became too cold — and properly winterized it by adding clean water — you can buy yourself a little more time with your opening and most likely won’t have as many issues to tackle.
If you were a little early or closed your pool with dirty water, you may want to open it earlier in the year to give you a jump start on any repairs or extensive cleaning that may be required before you can enjoy your pool.
Additionally, if you wait too long to open your pool and leave it sitting in warm weather, there’s a possibility you could open it up to find that it’s now a breeding ground for algae. By opening it sooner, you can possibly avoid an algae outbreak.
What’s The Weather Like?
Keep an eye on the forecast for your area, because the weather plays a big part in deciding when the right time is to open your pool.
You should consider opening your pool on or after the first very warm day of the year, with a good rule of thumb being that your pool should be open on or just after Memorial Day.
Temperature-wise, it's time to open your pool if the weather is consistently around 70 degrees during the day. The evening temperatures should also be temperate because if your nights are dipping below freezing, it may take several weeks for your pool water to warm up without a pool heater or a solar cover.
Grab Your Tool Kit!
The last thing you want to consider before opening your pool is whether or not you have the proper tools to do so.
Whether or not you use a pool cleaning service, it’s good to have a tool kit for yourself of things to care for your pool, especially if you’re planning on opening and closing it yourself.
- Pool cleaning chemicals including chlorine, pH increaser and decreaser, alkalinity increaser, pool shock and algaecide
- Pool brush
- Pool cover pump
- Soft broom or skimmer net
- Safety goggles
- Chemical-resistant gloves
- Testing strips
By keeping a pool tool kit on hand for yourself at home, you can ensure that you’ll be ready for any pool-related emergency that might come up throughout the season, and that you’re prepared to open your pool.
It’s Opening Time!
Once you’re prepared with the proper tools and the weather is just right, that’s the perfect time to open up your pool. By thinking ahead, staying prepared, and giving yourself plenty of time to open your pool properly, you can bet on a great summer by the pool.
Remember, AAA Pools is happy to open your pool as your service provider! We’re here to help, so give us a call so we can get your pool summer-ready.