Here are some tips for preparing your pool for summer. Read on to learn more.

Do Not Empty Your Pool

Draining the pool can bring big problems. For example, an empty pool in a high water table can lift out of the ground without the weight of the water holding it down.

Clean Up

Commence by bringing your pool up to shape with a “chemical open.” Put the filtration system together, clean out all the baskets, and remove any plugs that you put in when the pool closed last year.

Topping Off

If the water level has fallen over the winter, top it up. Clean the filter prior to turning it on. Clean a cartridge filter by removing it and washing with a hose.. If you have a D.E. filter, you may have to take it apart, clean it, and reassemble it. If you have a sand filter, set the filter to backwash, hence cleaning the sand. Then turn it to the normal setting.

Professional Testing

Take a water sample to a swimming pool store and they will usually test it for you bit it is a very good idea to get your own DIY pool chemistry testing strips. Just dip the strips in the pool water and then hold them up to the color chart on the bottle.

Chemical Balancing

Here are the recommended measures.

  • PH levels between 7.2 to 7.4
  • Total alkalinity from 80 to 120
  • Calcium hardness from 150 ppm to 250 ppm (parts per million)
  • Chlorine from 1 ppm to 3 ppm

Water Clearance

The filter must cleaned every day until the water is clear. This can take up to a week.. You may have to add chlorine to balance the level.. Only when the water is clear and you can see the pool floor should you remove the cover.


Vacuum the debris and leaves from the bottom of the pool and throughout the summer keep the filter clean, vacuum weekly and perform a  daily chemical test.


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