How To Open Your Swimming Pool

A pool designed by Freddy & Co.

The temperatures are heating up, and if you’re like most, you can’t wait to take a dip in the pool this summer— but you can’t jump in just yet! Opening and getting your swimming pool ready for the season can be a lot of work, but ensuring a fun and safe swimming experience is essential.  

From the Freddy & Co. team, here’s a simple guide on the steps needed to open your swimming pool this season:

Step 1: Clear off any debris and evaluate.

Before removing your pool cover, take some time to clean up the area around the pool. Sweep away any leaves, pick up branches, and get rid of any other debris. While doing so, you should also inspect for any signs of damage or wear and tear that need to be addressed such as the decking, safety rails, diving boards, ladders, and more.  

Step 2: Get your chemicals ready.

You’ll want to make sure you have all the necessary chemicals and tools ready to care for the pool water. Some of the items you should have on your list include: 

  • Water chemistry testing strips
  • Chlorine
  • Shock treatment
  • Algaecide treatment
  • Other chemicals needed to adjust the pools balance
  • Filter cleaner

Step 3: Remove the cover. 

Now it’s time to remove the cover and see what you have to work with. Once taken off, give it its own good cleaning, allow it to dry, and then safely store it away. 

Step 4: Inspect and clean. 

Before you can think about getting water into your pool, you’ll need to do some upkeep first. Be sure to: 

  • Remove drain and winterizing plugs from the skimmers and wall returns. 
  • Clear out any debris.
  • Remove any calcium buildup and stains from the tiles. 
  • Inspect the pool filters, pumps, and other equipment or areas of the pool for damages.
  • Reinstall pool lights.

If there are any damages or issues, speak with a professional as soon as possible to have everything fixed before proceeding.  

Step 5: Fill up your pool.

Start by filling your pool to the middle waterline time, and then finish removing any floating debris or anything sitting at the pool’s bottom. Once the water is clean, finish filling the pool.

Step 6: Turn on the pool filter and test the water.

Now it’s time to get your filter up and running. The filter should run for about 24 hours to circulate the water, so it’s ready to be tested and have chemicals added to it. 

Contact us to learn more about Freddy & Co.’s swimming pool installations! 

For premier swimming pool installations in Fairfield County, look no further than the team at Freddy & Co.! We build beautiful pools using the highest quality materials and finishes and the latest and very best pool safety technology. Looking to go chemical-free? We’re the only experienced and licensed builder of natural pools and ponds in Connecticut and one of two in the entire Northeast.

Give us a call at 203-855-7854 or visit our website to learn more. 

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