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DIY Pool Opening Checklist

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Pool Opening Season is here, and we are that much closer to having a splash. Are you a "Do It Yourselfer"? If so, you may prefer to open your backyard oasis yourself. We've made it easier for you. In this blog, we've broken down our recommended pool opening procedure step by step. Open your pool like one of the pros with our DIY Pool Opening Checklist.



Just like when cooking a good meal, preparation becomes valuable. Preparing your yard for a pool opening is key. Taking the time to clean the immediate area, such as your deck or patio, in order to make sure that there are no obstructions will better prepare you for the pool opening process. Cleaning the pool area means that there won’t be any debris present to possibly fall into your pool while you are opening it. Performing landscaping duties, such as pruning or cutting the grass, will also lessen the chance of any leaves or weeds entering your pool.



Although all pools are different, we still recommended that all pool owners should perform a chemical inventory. Check your stock of pool opening and season chemicals before you begin your opening process. We recommend that you take an inventory of the following:



Make sure to remove debris and water from your pool cover by using a pool leaf rake; not a shallow leaf skimmer. Remove as much debris from the top of your pool cover as possible. After the debris has been removed, brush the cover down while there is still water on it; the use of a cover cleaner is recommended. Begin to drain the water off of your cover by siphoning with your Vacuum hose or by using a submersible pump. The last few bits of water will have to be bailed off with a bucket.


Pool Cover Cleaned Properly Pioneer Family Pools


Remove & Store

Once any securing devices, such as water bags, snap-in beading, winches, or cables, have been removed, you can remove your pool cover by grabbing hold of the material and pulling 4 ft at a time onto your deck, or remaining yard, and folding it in accordion style. Repeat the process of folding the cover “accordion style” until the entire cover has been piled on to your deck or ground. Make sure to inspect your pool cover for holes or winter damage.

Pro Tip: Vinyl covers must be stored in a water filled container over the summer. Add an ounce of liquid algaecide (approximately 40%) to the water to keep away algae growth. It is recommended that you change the water in the barrel every 6 weeks. Tarps and safety covers however, must be stored dry.



First, remove the plugs and/or foam rope from the returns and restore the directional fittings. Once this is done, empty the physical winterizing materials from the skimmer (gizmo or extra bottles) and place your skimmer basket back in its place. Don’t forget to put the plugs back into your pump and filter! Reattach the pressure gauge and site glass on the filter as well. You will then need to reattach the pressure switch to the heater and reinstall the plugs. We recommend that you also take the time to closely inspect the pool, deck, equipment, tools and supplies – to be sure you have everything you need to open the pool successfully.



Your pool may have acquired calcium stains, algae or scale over the winter. This can all be removed with the right type of cleaner and brush. Your pool walls can be cleaned at the waterline; and should be done so on a regular basis throughout the summer!

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Fill the water level in the pool to reach approximately 3/4 of the way up your skimmer. If the bottom of your pool is dirty, we recommend that you thoroughly vacuum it first before filling!



You will need certain pool opening products for proper cleaning and balancing of the pool water. A good quality Algaecide, Shock Treatment, Testing Trips and a fresh Cartridge for Mineral Purification will go a long way in ensuring that your pool becomes a clean, healthy oasis. We have listed our recommended pool opening products here.

Warning: Do not use household cleaners in your pool as they contain phosphates and/or other chemicals that are not compatible with pool water chemistry.

Please see below for our Pool Opening Chemical Treatment sheet.

Pioneer Family Pools Pool Opening Chemical Guide Sheet 1

Pioneer Family Pools Pool Opening Chemical Guide Sheet 2



After you have treated your pool and have run your filter for at least 24 hours, you can test the water for total alkalinity, calcium hardness, chlorine, and pH levels. You will likely need to shock the pool in order to remove bacteria; followed by adding algaecide and stabilizer to your water. The type and number of specific chemicals that you will need to add will depend on the results of your water test.

Pro Tip: You should start by balancing the total alkalinity since it will help the other chemicals reach the desired levels. When balancing your pool water, the total alkalinity should be between 80 and 120 ppm, the pH Level should be between 7.4 and 7.6; while the free available chlorine needs to be between 2.0 and 4.0 ppm. The calcium hardness is ideal between 200 and 400 ppm and the Cyanuric Acid (stabilizer) should sit between 30 and 50 ppm.



Some pool owners may prefer to do this earlier, but once the water is properly balanced you may insert or install the diving board, stairs, safety rails etc.



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No Time For DIY?

If you prefer to leave your pool opening to the professionals, you can easily BOOK A POOL OPENING with us.

Let the experts do the work for you! Our staff has the skills and knowledge to keep your products at their best all year long. Our Service Department provides a wide variety of services to ensure that your family can enjoy our products for years to come. Our dedicated technicians have years of experience in the industry and understand what it takes to get the job done professionally and efficiently.

Our opening services include removing and cleaning your cover, re-installing fittings, accessories, and equipment, and waterline cleaning.

What's included?

Remove water and debris from the cover

Rinse and brush cover while on pool

Fold cover & water bags

Re-install pool fittings

Remount pool accessories & deck equipment (we do not re-install drop-in stair units)

Hand-scrub waterline & coping

Start water circulation

Add Chemical Kit (if purchased)

Please contact your Dealer for Details.

Happy Swimming!



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