These pool opening instructions will help you get swimming pool season off to a great start! Note: The instructions in Step 6 refer to pool kits from PoolGear Plus® (pool kit for 30,000 gallon pools pictured at right).
Step One: Remove the Winter Cover
Drain the surface water that has gathered on your winter cover for easier cover removal. Note: If the cover is sinking as you pump surface water, the cover may have holes in it or you may have pumped off all the water possible from the top of the cover, and are now pumping pool water through the cover. Stop the pump and remove the winter cover to save water. Avoid getting debris in the pool by removing as much as possible before pulling the winter cover off the pool. Rinse the winter cover and any accessories with fresh water and let them dry completely before folding and storing in a place away from sunlight.
Step Two: Add Water to the Pool
Add water to the pool until it is at a normal level of about ½ – ¾ up the face of the skimmer.
Step Three: Connect Equipment
Follow the manufacturer’s instructions to prepare the pool pump, filter, and heater. Make sure all drain plugs are replaced in the pump, filter, heater, and automatic pool cleaner. Remove all winterizing plugs from the skimmer and return lines. If antifreeze was used in pool closing and winterizing, vacuum out the lines or let it drain into the pool. Prime the pool pump and turn on the circulation and filtration system.
Step Four: Clean the Pool
With pool equipment running, skim and vacuum the pool. Pool chemicals are more effective when the pool is free of debris.
Step Five: Test and Balance the Pool Water and Add Pool Chlorine
For best product performance, swimmer comfort and crystal-clear pool water, maintain pH in the range of 7.2 to 7.6, Total Alkalinity in the range of 60 to 120 ppm (parts per million), and Calcium Hardness between 200 and 400 ppm. Available chlorine levels should be maintained between 1 and 4 ppm. Entry into treated pools is prohibited if chlorine levels are greater than 4 ppm.
Step Six: Add Spring Start-Up Pool Kit Components
While running the pool equipment, add pool shock, algaecide, and Complete Pool Care® Pill(s) as directed on product labels. Before using the pool, test free available chlorine residual with a pool test kit.
- Shock the Pool. With pool equipment running, add the recommended dosage of Suncoast® 4-Way Super Pool Shock (refer to product label for directions for use and recommended dosage). Let pool equipment run continuously for a minimum of 12 hours before proceeding to the next step.
- Add Algaecide Concentrate. With pool equipment running, add the recommended dosage of Suncoast® Algaecide Concentrate (refer to product label for directions for use and recommended dosage). Proceed immediately to the next step.
- Add Complete Pool Care® Capsule(s). Carefully remove capsule(s) from package (refer to product label for directions for use and recommended dosage). With the pool filter running, pierce the dots on the capsule(s) as indicated on the label and place the capsule(s) in your skimmer.
Note: Before using the pool, test free available chlorine residual with a test kit. Entry into the pool is prohibited above levels of four (4) ppm.
Be sure to follow the ABCs of Pool Care for a healthy, clean pool. Enjoy swimming pool season!
Posted: Thursday, February 2nd, 2012 @ 6:22 pm
Categories: How Tos, Pool Chemicals.
Tags: pool kits, spring pool kits.
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