Guide to Opening an in Ground Pool

The best time to open up an in ground pool is in the spring, when the ice has melted and that the sun is gaining in strength.

NOTE: Read carefully before starting and follow the steps in order to avoid damage to the pool.

STEP 1: DAY PRIOR TO THE OPENING
4. Clean up the dirt circle around the pool with an appropriate cleaning product.
5. With a perch, take away the biggest amount possible of leaves and debris sitting at the bottom of the pool.
6. Pour a degreaser directly into the pool to make cleaning easier.

STEP 2: PLUGGING THE FILTER AND ACCESSORIES
1. Take off the water return’s cap and the skimmer’s cap. Attention! Those who have independent plumbing only have one cap to take off in the skimmer; those who have a bottom drain linked to the skimmer must take off both caps. If you have independent plumbing and that you take away both caps; the second hole will cause a water leakage in the gravel behind the wall.
2. Put back in place the manometer (dial), the filter drain’s cap and the glass bottle over the filter.
3. Put back the cap over the pump or the chlorinator or brominator. If you have a salt chlorine generator, you must put back your cell in place.
4. Raise the water level in the pool if the level is not sufficient.
5. Put back in place all your accessories: ladder(s), springboard, safety cable.
6. Take off the protective polythene from your light and put it back in place. Don’t forget that you must not activate your braker before the light is in place.
7. Reconnect the thermo pump’s cables if not already connected, and put the braker back on.
8. When the water level is once again acceptable, fill the front of the pump (little basket) with water. Put the filter’s handle in the “FILTRE” position and start the engine.

STEP 3: POOL START-UP
1 .Clean the bottom of the pool with the vacuum, making sure that the filter is in the DRAIN or WASTE position.
2. Clean frequently the pump’s wastebasket to allow for proper suction.
3. Raise the water level as necessary (in the middle of the skimmer).
4. Leave the pool in function for 5 to 6 hours prior to proceeding to analysis.
5. You must conduct 3-minutes back washes as often as possible for the first 48 hours (4 to 5 every day).

STEP 4: CHOC TREATMENT AND BALANCE
6. Bring a water sample to your pool’s dealer for analysis.
7. Verify the PH and make sure that it is not higher to 7.6 (if it is, wait 3 hours before proceeding to the next step).
8. Proceed with the choc treatment (ensure to have the proper treatment and proper amount of treatment for the water volume). There are 2 types of choc treatments: one which consists in dissolving the treatment in lukewarm water, and another “ready to use” type that can be poured directly into the pool. Verify with your vendor: there are pool opening kits warranted by the manufacturer.
9. Wait 24 hours and proceed to a back wash.
10. Make sure the pump is running, non-stop, 24 hours, until the water is completely clear.

STEP 5: BALANCE
5. Adjust alkalinity; ideal is between 80 and 120.
6. Verify the PH; ideal is between 7.2 and 7.8.
7. Adjust the hardness; ideal is between 200 and 300.
8. It is also important to verify the stabilizer, because if one works with a stabilized product, there will be accumulation of stabilizer (ideal rate is between 30 and 50 for a maximum of a 100).

Enquire to your vendor about the easiest ways to maintain your pool. Who doesn’t like to time and avoid problems? Everyone wishes for their pool maintenance to be quick and easy. There are concepts on the market which are pre-measured and are to be used once a week.

You decide the frequency to which you will be adding chlorine to your pool: everyday, every second day, or once a week!
Please note that we are providing these tips for information only and that any work done to the pool is at the client’s risk.

Happy Summer Season!!!

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