The most important step in getting your pool ready for Spring, is to first inspect your pool equipment. Hiring a Pool Pro to inspect your equipment, and even to open your pool, can save you money and hassles in the long run. Hayward recommends calling a pool professional to inspect and start up your pool equipment. Often, this minimal expense pays off in the long run. A trained eye can spot safety issues such as missing suction covers, electrical or gas problems. If you prefer to do it yourself, follow these steps.
1) Remove any standing water from the pool cover, then remove your pool cover
2) Take out the winterizing plugs in fittings, such as skimmers, and return fittings
3) Make sure the water is at the proper level
4) Reinstall or assemble any equipment stored for the winter
5) Lubricate or replace o-rings on pump lids and the equipment’s plumbing connections
7) Ensure drain covers are properly installed and secure
8) Make sure your heater is free of debris and has proper clearance of any combustibles
9) Power-up equipment and check for leaks or drips, tighten connections, replace o-rings as needed
10) If using a DE (diatomaceous earth) filter, clean filter grids and remove old DE then add the appropriate amount of DE. If you’re using a cartridge filter, clean cartridges.
11) 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)
12) Before running your automatic pool cleaner, remove any heavy debris from the bottom of the pool
13) Check the operating pressure on your filter and verify good water flow. It may need to be backwashed or the cartridge(s) cleaned
14) Operate your heater to make sure that it works
15) Re-install ladders and accessories that were removed and stored for the winter