Residential and Commercial Pool Opening Services.
Here in the Virginia Beach area, you know that when spring is sprouting it's time to get your pool ready for the heat that's coming. If you have seen the last of the nights below freezing it's safe to uncover and open your pool. If you have left your pool open through the winter, just make sure to keep the filter running on those below freezing nights.
If you are ready to have your pool open and want some help with it, just give us a call:
How To Open Your Pool
For those of you who are DIYer's, here's how you do it. Before you start, it's helpful if you have a friend helping you as removing the cover (depending on the size) can be hard for one person to handle.
1. Make sure leaves and dirt are off the cover, before removing it.
2. Once you have the cover off, lay it out on the ground in the sunlight to dry off before storing it.
3. Remove the plugs from your filters and replace the skimmer baskets.
4. Install your deck equipment such as ladders, diving boards and step rails if you have them.
5. If your pool was drained for winter or just lost water, go ahead and use your hose to fill it up to the midway point of the filters opening
6. Get your pump ready by replacing the drain plugs filters, and other parts, including your pressure gauge. If you have a multiport valve and removed them, replace the air bleeder, sight glass, and pressure gauge.
Check the lid o-ring on your pump housing. Bend it with your ﬁngers all around to check for any cracks in the rubber. A dry, cracked o-ring will cause your ﬁlter to pull air. If the o-ring looks good, apply a Teﬂon based o-ring lubricant. Re-install any additional equipment, including a booster pump, heater or chlorine dispenser, and make sure all drain plugs are securely in place.
7. Turn the pump and filter on and check for any leaks or drips. If your pump isn’t pulling water from the pool, you need to prime the pump. You do this by shutting oﬀ the system, removing the pump lid, and ﬁlling the housing with water. Then replace the lid and turn your ﬁlter back on. This should help get the pump to pull water in from the pool.
8. Remove all debris that's in your water and then give the walls and the floor of your pool a good brushing. You want to get as much dirt suspended in the water so that the filter can suck it out. It may take a couple of tries to get it all out.
9. Turn the valves to pull water in from your bottom drain. This will help the ﬁlter and collect the dirt and debris on the ﬂoor of your pool.
10. Add the pool start-up chemicals Take a sample of your water to a local pool supply store to get it professionally analyzed. You want to make sure you pH and alkalinity are properly balanced before adding any other pool chemicals. Once your pool water is balanced, add the proper amount of sanitizer to your water (i.e. chlorine, bromine, or Baquacil). I recommend double shocking your pool using 2 lbs. (or bags) of shock for every 10,000 gallons of water, or 5 gallons of liquid chlorine per 20,000 gallons of water.
11. Final check Let your pool run at least 24 hours and vacuum out any debris using your manual vacuum. Retest the water using a home test kit or test strips. If everything checks out, and the pool is clear or cloudy blue, it’s ready to swim in
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