Spring is nearly here and that means it's time to start preparing to open your pool from its winter rest. You know you'll want to jump right in on that first warm day, so start the preparations soon and get your pool ready to enjoy!

The Smart Way to Open Your Smart Pool This Spring

Spring is nearly here and that means it's time to start preparing to open your pool from its winter rest. You know you'll want to jump right in on that first warm day, so start the preparations soon and get your pool ready to enjoy!

1. Removing Your Pool's Cover

You covered your pool over the winter for a reason: to keep dirt, and moisture from rain and/or snow from getting into your pool. If it did it's job right, all that dirt and debris—and some of that moisture—is now sitting on top of your pool cover, and you'll need to clean it off carefully if you don't want to dump it in your pool. 

A long push-broom, possibly with an extendable handle, can be used to push the bulk of the material off your cover. If there's excessive moisture, you might want to use a "sump pump" to drain it away before trying to take your cover off. Finally, spray your pool cover down with a garden hose to get the last bits of dirt off and ensure that the only potential "contamination" that occurs when the cover is removed is clean water. 

It takes a bit of effort, but removing your winter cover without introducing any dirt or organic material into your pool will make the pool-opening process much faster and simpler in the long run. 

2. Reconnect All Equipment and Remove Winterizing Plugs

This one's pretty straightforward, but it's easy to overlook drain and filtration plugs when you only deal with them twice a year. Make yourself a checklist and store a few hardcopies with your pool chemicals, and use it to ensure you get everything hooked up and unplugged so your pool's filtration and circulation system can function effectively. 

3. Test and Balance Water Chemistry

It's often a good idea to give your pool a "shock" treatment after it's been dormant all winter; a heavy dose of chlorine followed by a 24-hour period of circulation can kill off anything that started growing in your pool over the winter. 

Follow your shock treatment with careful testing—or use an automated pool chemical sensor to test the waters for you—and dose your pool with a normal amount of chlorine, cyanuric acid, and alkalines/acids as needed to maintain proper free chlorine levels and a good pH balance.

4. Thoroughly Clean Your Pool

The last step to take when opening your pool is to give it a good 'ole spring cleaning. You should brush all surfaces of your pool to rid it of any algae or bacteria that may be clinging to the walls or tiles. Next, run your pool vacuum to get rid of any debris that found its way in despite your cover's best efforts. 

Finally, make sure to run your pool's filtration system for at least 24 hours after cleaning and chemical dosing to remove particulate matter and ensure proper circulation and balancing of your pool chemicals. 

Follow these four steps, and you'll be ready for pool season as soon as the season is ready for you!

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