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Pool Opening Checklist

Remove the Junk form the Cover!
Remove standing water and and other junk from your pool cover before removing the cover itself. The cover should be cleaned and dried thoroughly before it is put away. Store cover in a clean, dry place and most importantly away from sunlight. If you have opened the cover and discovered a science experement, check out our article on "How to clean a green pool".

Check and/or Fill the Pool Water
If the water level is below the middle of the skimmer face, fill the pool water to the proper level, usually about half way up the skimmer. With your leaf skimmer, remove any floating junk. If its real bad use a leaf rake (no not a lawn one).

Hook-up and Check the Filtration System
Make sure all mechanical equipment is operating properly. Check for leaks in exposed piping, tighten loose fittings, and make all needed repairs. Start the filter and vacuum your pool if necessary.

Test The Water
After running the filter for several hours, test the water with your test kit. The most critical tests to perform are those for stabilizer, alkalinity, pH, and chlorine. It is a good idea to purchase fresh reagents for your test kit each season to avoid possible inaccurate test readings.

Add Chemicals as Needed
Based on the reading of your test kit add the necessary chemicals to the pool water. And remember to read and follow the manufactures instructions on the chemical potels and kits.

Routine Maintenance
Once your pool has been opened, keep it going, letting down your guard and procrastinating can only lead to an issue that could cost you POOL TIME During the summer season, pool water can be affected by a variety of factors.

Rain, wind, hot and humid weather, and heavy usage can affect chlorine and pH levels. It is very important to test the water often so you can determine what to add to your pool to keep it clean and crystal clear.

Your filter should run as much as necessary to keep the pool clear. We recommend at least 8-12 hours a day. Chemicals and proper filtration work hand-in-hand to keep your pool clean and safe for swimming.

Remember to SHOCK at least once every two weeks. This will help to ensure a trouble-free season by burning off impurities in the water and freeing up the chlorine to handle its very important role of sanitizing the water.

As outside conditions change so to will your pool's needs. Correct small problems before they become big ones and you will enjoy a trouble-free season.

Equipment Care
Providing the proper care for your swimming pool equipment will help you enjoy a clean and clear pool all summer long. Make sure to refer to the manufacturer's specifications or ask your pool pro for advice on how to care for your equipment. The following suggestions are provided to help keep problems to a minimum. Be sure to follow the manufacturer's directions.

The Pump
The pump is the heart of the pool's circulation. Always make sure your skimmer and main drain lines are free of blockage. Check your skimmer basket and hair and lint trap frequently for debris. To assure a free flow of water to the pump and avoid damage to the pump motor, make sure water is at the proper level.

The Filter
You must periodically clean or backwash your filter. Check your pressure gauge reading and consult your manufacturer's manual for the correct method.

The Heater
Have your heater checked each season by a pool service technician. For lighting the pilot light and general operating instructions, refer to your manufacturer's guide. Keep in mind that if the filter is not working prop- erly, or if water flow is restricted, your heater may not function.

Automatic Chlorine Feeder
Clean out any residue and make sure all lines are free of restrictions. Use only the type of chemical recom- mended by the manufacturer. Never mix different types of chemicals in a feeder or automatic chlorinator. This will eliminate the possibility of an explosion occurring.

Deck Equipment
Check and tighten bolts on ladders, diving boards, slides and hand rails. Remove dust on any metal surfaces, and then treat with a protective finish. Also, clean and protect any fiberglass or plastic surfaces.

Pool Cleaning Equipment
Use your pool vacuum or other cleaning equipment as often as necessary to maintain a clean and clear pool. Most cleaning units are designed to operate when the filtration system is working. Cleaning equipment that is constructed of plastic should be stored away from sunlight.

Test Kits
Store test kits and test strips in a cool, dark, dry place away from chemicals and the heater. Keep test kits and reagents out of children's reach. Replace test reagents yearly.




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