Opening Your Above Ground Pool - Checklist
1. Prepare the area around your pool
- Remove tripping hazards like rocks, leaves, and branches on the ground around the pool.
- Trim any shrubs or branches that may get in the way or cause debris to fall in the pool.
- Pick up any tools, toys, lawn ornaments, and other items that may get damaged or cause you to trip.
2. Inspect your pool equipment and chemicals
- Check equipment for cracks, rust, dirt, and exposed wires.
- Make sure any small parts and pieces are accounted for, like bolts and screws.
- Clean, repair, or replace equipment as necessary.
- Check all chemical expiration dates and replace as necessary.
- Check bottles for leaks or damage (to avoid spills and chemical burns during use).
3. Remove, clean, and store your pool cover
- Spread your pool cover out in a dry area, like the driveway, patio, or grass.
- Use a hose and a push broom or pool brush to clean any remaining dirt and debris.
4. Check your pool liner for leaks and damage
- Check for low water levels.
- Check for standing water around your pool.
- Check for any noticeable rips and tears in the liner.
- Check for any cracked or loose tiles/structural damage.
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5. Remove winter pool plugs
- Reinstall your skimmer baskets and return jets to the return line.
6. Reinstall your pump, filter, and other equipment
- Skimmer basket, pump, filter, booster pump, spa equipment, and heater.
7. Add water to your pool (if needed)
- Pools operate best when the water level is at approximately the middle of the skimmer opening.
8. Reinstall your deck accessories
- Pool ladder, pool stairs, diving board, slides, and deck fittings.
- When connecting stairs, ladders, and diving boards, be sure you have (and connect) all the grounding wires or straps.
9. Clean your pool
- Use a leaf rake or net to scoop out large debris, like leaves and twigs.
- Use a pool vacuum or automatic pool cleaner to tackle dirt, sand, and small debris.
10. Shock your pool
- Add enough shock to raise the chlorine level of the pool to about 3.0 ppm — or approximately 2.5 gallons of a liquid shock for every 10,000 gallons of water.
11. Test your pool chemistry.
- Ideal levels are:
- Chlorine: 1.0-2.0 ppm
- pH: 7.2-7.8
- Calcium Hardness: 180-220 ppm
- Alkalinity: 80-120 ppm,
- Dissolved solids: below 5000 ppm,
- Cyanuric Acid: 40-80 ppm
- Chloramine: Below 0.4 ppm
12. Enjoy your pool!
- Add your pool floats & toys
- If you have questions about opening your pool, our expert team at LinerWorld is always here to help!
- Contact us:
- Emailing direct to firstname.lastname@example.org, or by calling (708) 489-9932.
- Business hours: Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Central Time (CST)