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It’s getting close to the time of year when it’s time to open our swimming pool that’s been sitting through the terrible winter we had.  This makes the thought of swimming that much better.  There are a few things that are easily overlooked when opening the pool.  Many swimming pool owners think they have a leak in their pool because the water level has dropped quite a bit.  Chances are it’s just from the weight of the cover that had a ton of ice on it through the winter pushing down the cover and forcing water out.  There are a couple things to do in order to make taking the cover off much easier.

Gather up your pump and filter, chemical feeder, heater, etc.  Make sure you have all the pieces and parts to assemble these back together.  Go ahead and get the skimmer and return ready to hook your hoses to and get the equipment set and ready to go.  Then stick your garden hose in the pool and start filling to the proper level.

During the time it’s filling, take the opportunity to remove any leaves and debris from the pool.  If there is standing water on the cover, be sure to remove this as well with either a pump or siphon method.  Water and leaves are very heavy and makes the cover very difficult and unsafe to try and remove.  Once the water is at the correct level, go ahead and remove the cover.  At this time the cover should be cleaned and inspected for any damage that may have occurred during the winter.  If everything is ok, go ahead and store this away until the end of the season.

Next you should get the pump and filter running.  At this time it is safe to go ahead and add the start-up chemicals needed to open your pool.  Keep the pump and filter running continuous for 48-72 hours to get the water filtering since it has sat stagnant over the winter.  Then stop into one of our three locations and we will do a free water analysis to make sure the pool water is at the proper levels and safe to swim.

submitted by Charlie Hughes