With the pool season just around the corner, it’s time for owners to prepare their pool opening procedure and get ready to have some PoolSide fun. Whether you’re emerging from a long snowy winter or a quick brush with cooler temperatures, opening your pool can be a simple process. The first step in the pool opening process is deciding whether or not you will embark upon the journey on your own, or will you enlist the help of a pool professional to inspect and start up your pool equipment. Hayward recommends speaking to a pool professional for this process, especially if it is your first time opening your pool, because a trained professional can more likely spot safety issues and concerns such as missing suction covers, electrical and/or gas problems. A pool professional can assist you with your pool opening procedure as well as supply you with tips on how to easily open your pool for future reference. 15 Pool Opening Steps to Follow For the selected few who have chosen to open their pool on their own, make sure to follow these steps in order to maintain a simple pool opening process. Remove any standing water from the pool cover Take out the winterizing plugs in fittings, such as skimmers, and return fittings Make sure the water is at the proper level. See Hayward Pool Products, Tool, And Resources Reinstall or assemble any equipment stored for the winter Lubricate or replace O-Rings on pump lids and the equipment’s plumbing connections Visually inspect equipment — pump, filter, heater, lights, automation system and chlorinator Ensure drain covers are properly installed and secure Make sure your heater is free of debris and has proper clearance of any combustibles Power-up equipment and check for leaks or drips, tighten connections, and replace O-Rings as needed If using a DE (diatomaceous earth) filter, add the proper amount of DE. If you’re using a cartridge filter, clean cartridges. See the differences between filter types Run your pump for several hours, then check and adjust water chemistry to proper balance (Make sure your testing kit and chemicals are not expired.) Before running your automatic pool cleaner, remove any heavy debris from the bottom of the pool Check the operating pressure on your filter and verify good water flow. It may need to be backwashed or the cartridge(s) cleaned Operate your heater to make sure that it works properly Re-install ladders and accessories that were removed and stored for the winter Remember, if you run into any difficulties, a pool professional is just a phone call away. If you’re looking for a pool pro in your area, or wondering where to get your Hayward salt chlorination Turbo Cell tested, locate a dealer here. What has been your experience with opening your pool? Leave us a comment on Facebook or Tweet us. We’d love to hear your feedback!