If you’re anything like us here at the Neave Group — after all, you’ve lived through the same cold, gray, snowy and wet winter we have — you’re probably so eager for warmer weather you can hardly stand it. Believe it or not, summer is right around the corner, which means it’s time to start preparing to open your swimming pool for the season.
The process of opening your pool for the season is an important one, not just so you can start enjoying your pool again, but also to check it for problems that might have cropped up during the long, hard winter we’ve had in New York and Connecticut this past year.
Give yourself plenty of time to take care of these swimming pool opening to-do items — or hire a professional to take care of it for you — so there are no surprises when you’re ready to enjoy yourself on a hot summer day.
Here’s a look at the four phases of opening your New York or Connecticut backyard swimming pool for the coming summer season.
Swimming Pool Opening Phase #1: Clean Your Equipment
The first step to opening your pool is, of course, removing the cover for the season. (What a wonderful feeling!) When you remove it, be sure to give it a thorough cleaning to make sure mold and mildew don’t build up after you store it — and so it’ll be ready to go when you’re ready to bring it out at the end of the season.
You’ll also need to lower your pool cover’s anchors down into your deck and reinstall any swimming pool parts you’d stored for the winter. Remove the plugs from the pool and reinstall the fittings.
Then, give your pool a good cleaning, especially the filter and surrounding areas.
Getting your swimming pool clean now is important for enjoying it all summer long, from start to finish!
Swimming Pool Opening Phase #2: Inspect Components
A lot can happen over the winter, while you’re staying warm inside your home. Rodents and other critters, plus the weather and elements, can wreak havoc on your pool’s equipment during the off-season. So it’s important to inspect all your equipment — especially your heater — for damage caused by rodents and other factors.
You’ll also want to inspect the pool’s O-rings and seals for dry rot.
Swimming Pool Opening Phase #3: Check Your Controls
Now it’s time to turn things on and see how they’re working! It’s especially crucial to reinstall and test all the safety equipment associated with your swimming pool.
Test your fire heater and make any necessary adjustments to your heater’s settings. Then prepare the pool pump for regular operation and ensure there are no issues with it. Start up your pool controls, then walk your pool through all modes of operation to be sure everything’s running smoothly after being turned off for a few months. You can adjust the pool controls as needed.
Swimming Pool Opening Phase #4: Fill Up And Finish
Can you feel the warm sunshine and the cool water rushing around you yet? The next task is actually filling your pool and starting the pump. Once it’s full, do your initial chemical and balancing tests, then adjust those levels accordingly — as well as adjusting the salt levels, if you have a saltwater swimming pool.
Then skim the pool, drag your chaise lounges out of storage and break out the beach towels: You’re finally ready to go for a dip!
Need Help Starting Up?
Opening your New York or Connecticut backyard swimming pool can feel like an arduous job — and one with quite a lot of steps — but it’s also a highly technical process. If you’d like help opening your pool and preparing for an exciting summer of swimming and relaxing, call the swimming pool maintenance professionals at Neave Pools.
We can help you open your pool for the summer, keep it running at its peak all summer long, and even close it for the colder months when it’s time.
From the Hudson Valley, call (845) 463-0592. If you’re in Westchester, call (914) 271-7996. In Cold Spring, call (845) 463-0592, and in Connecticut, call (203) 212-4800. Or fill out the handy web form on this page, and we’ll get in touch with you to schedule a complimentary swimming pool consultation.