Serving Glens Falls, Lake George & Saratoga Springs NY
Pool Opening Instructions
- Remove all the debris off the cover.
- Pump all the water off the cover using a submersible pump or siphon. As you remove the water, brush the cover occasionally - this should adequately clean the cover. If the water is clean, you may pump just the clean water back into the pool. In this case, do not brush the cover until you have stopped pumping the water into the pool.
- Remove the pool cover. For an inground pool tries the following procedure: Decide in which direction you want to pull the cover. Remove all the water bags or fasteners from all the sides except the side you are going to pull it toward. Walk the cover toward the "anchored" side being careful not to let the edges fall into the pool. When you reach the anchored side "reel" in the edges of the cover. This is important so that any trapped water does not flow out of the folds and back into the pool. Now secure both corners of the cover by standing on them as you pull the center of the cover out of the pool. If the center is too heavy - you did not remove enough water initially. If necessary, put the pump back into the center pocket of the cover. Be sure you keep the ends of the cover secured.
- Lay the cover out to air dry. "Fan Fold" the cover and store in a dry area. It is not necessary to scrub the cover, if you brushed it as it was being pumped off. The cover will last equally as long.
- Re-install all the plugs that were removed for winter - (pump. filter, heater, and chlorinator).
- Assemble all pump and filter pipes to respective fittings. Check the condition of the sand, cartridge or DE elements. Clean or replace if necessary.
- Be sure the filter top is secure, the tank drain is closed and the filter valve is in the "Filter" position.
- Remove all winterizing plugs from the pool suction lines and return lines.
- Install all deck equipment including skimmer baskets and return directionals.
- Fill the pool to the normal operating level. The liner will shrink if the water level is left below its normal level too long. Prime the pump with enough water to fill the suction line. Prime the chlorinator if it has a tube that connects to the pools suction line.
- Start the pump motor. Check the plumbing for air or water leaks. Add DE if required.
- Add the appropriate opening chemicals. It is very important to understand how to add each chemical. Ask if you are unsure. Bring in a water sample for computerized testing.
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