How to open up your pool after the winter
1. Remove cover
- Wind up the pool cover carefully ensuring as few leaves and debris enter the pool as possible.
2. Clean the cover
- Place the cover flat side up with the bubbles facing down.
- If possible use the space available around the pool by setting the reel system back, creating a flat surface between the reel and pool.
- Your cover can also be laid out on a lawn to be cleaned.
- Rinse down with a hose or jet washer (ensure jet washer kept 20cm – 30cm from cover).
- Use a soft brush to remove embedded residue.
3.Clear the pool of debris
- Use deep net or skimmer net to clear leaves and debris from surface and floor of the pool.
- Open and empty skimmer baskets, clean inside of skimmer.
4. Deep clean the pool
- Use a soft pool brush to brush away algae and dirt off walls and floor of the pool.
- Remove inlet cover plates and eyeball inlet nozzles and clean.
- Vacuum the pool – run your robotic cleaner to remove the last residue at the bottom of the pool.
5. Top up water levels
- Run hose line to the pool and bring the water level to the middle of the skimmer.
6. Set up the filter
- Ensure pump is switched off and turn off inlets, main drain, and skimmer valves to pump and filter.
- Open the lid to the pump remove the pump filter basket.
- Clean the pump filter basket and reinstall.
- Ensure the pump seal is clean and reinstall.
- Use a bucket of water to help prime pump. Replace pump lid.
- Open inlets, main drain, and skimmer valves to pump and filter.
- Switch on pump for 24 hours, ensuring the multi-port valve is set to “filtration”
- Backwash the pool filtration as required.
7. Check chemical levels and balance pool
- Take water samples from the pool (ensure taken 20cm under the water level).
- Check pH, Free Chlorine (FC), Combined Chlorine (CC), (calculate Total Chlorine (TC)), Calcium Hardness (CH) and Total Alkalinity (TA).
- Take appropriate actions to balance pH, CH and TA (take time to allow chemicals to settle).
- Add stabilised chlorine to level the pool between 2-4ppm.
- Allow to settle and recheck chemical levels
8. Shock the pool (if required)
- Put on PPE and weigh out shock chlorine.
- Fill bucket with warm water.
- Add the required shock to the bucket slowly.
- Stir until dissolved.
- Add shock slowly to the pool moving around the pool and ensuring not to splash and to pay attention around the skimmer.
- Ensure all pool equipment is cleaned thoroughly.
- Leave and allow the shock to do its work.
- Repeat as needed.
- Ensure the pool cover is off the pool water until the free chlorine level has returned to 2 – 4 ppm
9. Reinstall the cover
- When the chemical levels have returned to industry standards, reattach cover to reel and install on pool.
10. Set the pump and filtration timings
- Check the inlet nozzles are set to provide the best possible circulation.
- Set the filtration time schedule ensuring enough time to completely circulate the pool.
- For best heating performance set filtration to turn during the sunlight hours between 11 and 4.
11. Check, check and Recheck
- Recheck pH, FC, CC ,TC and make adjustments if required.
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