Pool Opening Instructions
1. DRAIN AND CLEAN THE POOL COVER
• If you have a solid winter cover, you will want to drain as much water as possible before removing it. You can do this by placing a cover pump in the center of the cover, and let it do it’s work. It’s also important to sweep or blow all the leaves off the cover before removal.
2. REMOVE THE POOL COVER
• Using two people if possible, remove the cleaned cover from your pool. It is inevitable that some water and debris will fall into the pool. You will be shocking and vacuuming the pool, so a small amount of water and debris won’t hurt anything.
3. CLEAN AND STORE THE POOL COVER
• After removing the pool cover, lay it out and brush away the remaining debris. Once the cover has dried, fold it loosely, and store it in a cool, dry place.
4. RAISE THE WATER LEVEL BACK TO NORMAL
• We do not recommend refilling your pool with your garden hose. In 2018, Indiana American Water stopped offering sewage credits to customers who were filling their swimming pools. We recommend calling The Water Wagon, at 812-606-7171, to have your water hauled in at a cheaper rate.
5. RECONNECT YOUR EQUIPMENT
• On inground pools, reconnect the pump and filter to the plumbing. If you have a heater or salt cell, reconnect those too. On above ground pools, reconnect the flexible hoses.
6. REMOVE WINTER PLUGS, AND REATTACH DRAIN PLUGS
• Be sure to remove all winter plugs from the lines inside the pool (including the skimmer), and reattach all drain plugs on the pump, filter, and heater.
7. TURN YOUR SYSTEM BACK ON
• At this point, you will turn on the pump. On inground pools, the pump will most likely need primed. Use a large bucket or a garden hose to fill the pump with water. When the pump is overflowing, reattach the pump lid and turn the pump on. The pump could take up to five minutes to start circulating water. If the pump has not primed after five minutes, turn off the power and call 812-232-1292 for troubleshooting help.
8. ADD STARTUP CHEMICALS
• We recommend adding one case (four gallons) of liquid chlorine, one quart of Sparkle Pools Algaecide 30, and one quart of Sparkle Pools Stain & Scale Control per 25,000 gallons of water, once the pool is circulating. These chemicals help kill off any algae or bacteria that has grown in the water over the winter.
9. TEST YOUR WATER
• Once the pool has circulated with the startup chemicals for 24 hours, you will want to test your water. Use your test kit, or bring a water sample (at least 8 ounces!!) to Sparkle Pools.
• Once your water chemistry is balanced, you can begin cleaning the pool. We recommend doing this manually for the first cleaning of the season, and not using your automatic cleaner. Pay close attention to areas near steps, ladders, and corners.