6 Start-Up Tips for Above Ground Pool Opening

As the temperature warms up, your above ground pool needs to be opened and tested for chemicals and filtration. This is also a good time to get a new pool installed.

Whether it’s your first time opening a pool or just want to brush up on how to properly set up an above-ground pool, this post will teach you how to get started.


1. Remove the Pool Cover

The first step in opening the above ground pool is to remove winter cover. If the water is low, add water to the cover.

Once the pool has been cleaned, remove the debris and the cover cable. Once the cover is secured, slowly and carefully pull it over one another to create a secure fit.

Follow these simple steps to keep the pool cover looking fresh and clean:

1) Position the cover in a large area to dry

2) Follow with a towel to avoid staining the area.


2. Assemble Filtration System and Pool Plumbing

This process involves removing the filter system hoses and replacing the drain plugs on the pool pump and filter.

Return the following components to the pool or spa: skimmer basket, step system, thermometer, and/or eyeball fittings.

For threaded plastic plugs, replace the old tape with new, which will wrap around the filter in a clockwise direction.

Also apply pool lube to the lid of the pump, and to the seals and gaskets used in valves and unions. Never use a petroleum based lubricant.


3. Fill the Pool

Once the filtration system is back in place, the pool can be filled to mid-skimmer level. Make sure to check the equipment for any water leaks.

If your pool has a wet area around the pool, it's best to check it out before you start working on it.


4. Start Up Your Pool System

Follow these steps to get started: Open the valves and the filter. Position the multiport valve on the filter to the desired position.

The filter pressure gauge should tell you the starting pressure of your pool filter. If it rises to 30 psi or more, turn the system on.

If the pump doesn't start, check that the electrical outlet is working and the power supply is good. Also, make sure that the shaft and impeller are spinning freely.


5. Clean the Pool

If this is a brand new pool, then skip this step. However, if this is an existing pool that's being re-opened, then do it immediately.

Instead of cleaning the pool, why not vacuum it first?

The best way to clean a pool is to first skim it, then vacuum it, then brush it. This method is very efficient and saves a lot of time.

Some of the stains on the vinyl liner may appear when the pool is opened. They will disappear once the water is balanced and chlorinated.

This is also an important step to prevent algae and leaf debris from entering the pool.


6. Adjust Pool Chemistry

Before shocking your pool or using a Leslies' Pool Opening Kit, make sure to thoroughly check the water levels to make sure that they are ideal for swimming.

Take a pool water test at home with an at-home kit. It can give you results for all four tests. Or, bring a water sample to a Leslie's store for a free water test.

After the pool has been balanced, it’s time to shock. This is usually done for the removal of algae and cyanuric acid levels. It can also be used for first timers.

Aside from salt content, saltwater pool owners also need to check their water chemistry and equipment's recommended salt level.


Next Steps After Opening Your Above Ground Pool

The filter can be cleaned and backwash in the days following an opening. To avoid staining the pool, keep an eye on the pressure gauge.

When it’s time to use, check the water level to make sure that it’s not leaking. Also, make sure that the pump is set up to prevent pool leaks.

It’s important to maintain a pool’s top shape throughout the summer season. Follow these simple steps to keep it in top condition.

Call or stop by to ask about any of our services, and one of our experts will be happy to help. We also offer a free water sample for a comprehensive analysis of your pool’s chemistry.


If you have any other questions about pool and spa products please do let us know - we are here to help!

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