Swimming Pool Opening with Fitted Winter Cover
Filling the pool is typically the most time consuming part in opening so,
- The first step will be to put a garden hose in your pool and start raising the water level.
- Next begin removing debris from on top of the cover with a large leaf net. To prevent staining of your deck, layout garbage bags and pile the debris on it. You can let it dry in the sun then put it out with your garbage for yard waste pickup or add it to your composter.
- Once all the debris has been removed, you can start pumping out the water to your nearest sewage or storm drain. Be aware if there are any holes in the cover you may be pumping out pool water.
- When the water is nearly pumped off, this is a great time to pull out your wall brush and garden hose and start cleaning the cover while it's still on the pool. You will reduce the risk of any dirty spillage entering the pool and may be able to avoid removing the cover for cleaning on the driveway.
- When water is all removed, begin folding the cover at one end of the pool. If it is clean enough on both sides, transfer immediately to barrel; fill with water, 1 liter of algaecide, close the barrel and store for the summer.
- Next, is to remove all the winter plugs from the return lines and replace with the directional eyeballs.
- Move over to the skimmer; remove the lid, gizzmo, foam rope, bottles or styrofoam that may have been put inside taking up ice expansion during the winter. Check the skimmer line for any foam rope inside and replace the skimmer basket.
- Replace ladders and handrails. Ensure any rubber bumpers or escutcheons are in place. If missing, do not install until replacements are obtained as the exposed steel could die cut your liner.
- If you have pool lights, remove weights or bags that may have been used to sink the light assembly to the bottom, inspect for flooding, if dry, coil the cord and replace in niche.
- Inspect waterslide and attach waterline hose.
- Check water level. Continue filling until two thirds of the way up skimmer opening
- We're done at the swimming pool for now. Time to move on to the filtration equipment.
- Remove pump lid, all your parts should have been stored for winter in the pump basket. Start by replacing the pump drain plugs (most pumps have two). Inspect the O rings and replace if necessary. If missing or cracked, a little Teflon tape around the threads will get you going until you can make it to your local pool shop and get replacements.
- Next take the pressure gauge, ensure its reading zero, wrap Teflon tape around the threads and screw into the filter valve. Carefully hand tighten, you don't need a wrench here. Over tightening could crack the valve.
- Inspect gasket for backwash jar and replace on filter valve.
- Inspect filter drain plug and O ring. Clean and lubricate O ring with silicone grease and replace. If O ring is cracked, Teflon tape can get you by until you get a replacement.
- Inspect pump lid and O ring, lubricate with silicon grease, fill pump with water and replace lid.
- If running a sand filter, attach backwash hose and turn dial to filter.
- If running a cartridge filter, open tank and replace clean filter cartridges.
- If running a DE filter, open tank and replace clean filter grids. Pour Diatomaceous Earth in skimmer after the pump is started.
- For gas heater, open heater front door, reconnect heater pressure switch using two wrenches. Be careful not to cross thread or over tighten. If thread doesn't start by hand a small brass brush can clean up any oxidization on the threads. Tighten by hand and use wrenches to give final quarter turn to seal. Turn on gas supply line, replace any drain plugs or pressure relief valve and light as per manufacturer instructions found inside heater door. Replace door.
- Your solar pool heater will have had its drain plugs removed for the winter. Inspect the plugs and O rings, lubricate with silicon grease, carefully climb on roof and replace. Take a moment and also do a visual inspection of the solar collectors and adjust any mats that may have moved over the winter.
- For heat pumps, inspect connections and O rings, lubricate with silicon grease and tighten. Restore power at breaker panel.
- Salt water systems. Inspect cell and clean if necessary. Lubricate O rings with silicon grease and install to plumbing. Inspect power cords, clean if necessary and plug into cell. Restore power to control at breaker panel.
- Automatic chlorinators, inspect drain plug threads and O ring, lubricate and replace. Inspect lid and O ring, lubricate and replace. If inline type, inspect connections and O rings, lubricate and replace. If offline type, inspect hoses and hand tighten connections.
- Download our Swimming Pool Opening Checklist and ensure all work has been done completely. Final check of all equipment and you can turn on the pump.
- As water begins circulating you can now check water chemistry and balance as necessary. Add chlorine and startup chemical kit when balanced.
- Finally, inspect your equipment and plumbing for leaks.
2 adjustable wrenches
Chanel Lock Wrench
Hose to connect to pump long enough to reach the street or nearest storm drain
Garbage bags for leaves and debris
Tool to install directional eyeballs in returns
Pump won't start.
Check for power at breaker panel
Pump won't prime
Ensure power to pump and fill with water
Turn off pump power, inspect leak, if at connection clean threads, check seals and re-tighten.
If you're still experiencing problems or would prefer to have us take care of your pool opening this spring, contact PoolBoy and we'll be happy to schedule a service call to help you out.