Summer is near and great weather is coming! With hot days, now is a great time to open up your above ground pool. Use this five-step guide to make sure you don’t forget anything. You can enjoy swimming faster and longer.
Step One: Clean The Pool
The first step is to clean the pool from top to bottom. You don’t want to swim in water or mud, let alone in debris, insects or even animal carcasses!
One day before you open the pool, you must, clean the area around your pool with a specially developed product. Using the wrong detergent may not be enough to remove accumulated grease and dirt. We offer universal, biodegradable and non-toxic cleaning agents. Use a pool net to remove leaves and other debris from the bottom of the pool. If there is only water in the pool, don’t go there carelessly!
Use a pool degreaser that you simply pour into the pool. Thanks to its natural formula, you can open a pool while paying attention to the environment. Then check the function of your pool filtration system. However, this sand must be replaced at least every 5 years. However, it is usually recommended to change it after 3 years.
Step Two: Connect The Filter System
When opening your pool, be sure to reconnect all necessary devices and accessories for proper operation and maintenance.
First, connect the hose from the three-way valve to the pump.
Then connect the pump hose to the filter.
Also connect the hose between the filter and the return water.
Make sure to lubricate all seals sufficiently with an appropriate lubricant. Don’t use grease, oil, or petroleum jelly.
Connect the backwash to your filter’s sewage inlet.
Then put the hats back on. To maximize its effectiveness, you can cover it with Teflon.
Then put on the pressure gauge and make sure the tip is covered with Teflon. Usually, you will see “0” on the screen.
After all of these steps have been completed, raise the water level just above the skimmer. If you want to use a vacuum cleaner, raise the water level above the skimmer.
Finally, turn on the filter and check if the system is fully functional. Complete this step by back-washing the pool water.
Step Three: Vacuum The Pool
Whether in the pool or at home, the third step is not a favorite amongst kids: they have to vacuum! Hence, this step is to clean the bottom of the pool to remove as much dirt as possible.
Place the filter in a disposal or waste position.
Vacuum the bottom of the pool. Make sure to clean the pump basket for the pump to maximize suction power. If necessary, you can raise the water level in the middle of the skimmer.
Step Four: Water Analysis
The quality of the water in your pool should not be neglected. Between algae, bacteria and dirt, you have to be sure that swimming doesn’t mean sick or itching! To relax and fully enjoy your beautiful water moments, we recommend that you take a sample of your water after it has been cleaned and vacuumed.
A good pH should not exceed 7.6. Then use the appropriate amount of shock treatment. If necessary, check with your pool shop to make sure you are not using too much of the product. Wait 24 hours (take advantage of the fine weather to scrape the lawn while you wait!). Do a second wash. Finally, let the pump run until the water is clean. You may need to run the pump overnight for at least 24 consecutive hours.
Step Five: Balancing The Water Chemistry
The final step is to balance the pH, alkalinity and water hardness. First set the alkalinity. The ideal percentage is usually between 80 and 120. Then adjust the pH. Ideally, this value should be between 7.2 and 7.8. Finally, equalize the water hardness to reach speeds between 200 and 300.
Your pool is now ready. All you have to do is dive in and make the most of it.