The task of opening a pool after a long duration is a little daunting. If you are planning on taking it as a DIY project, then it is going be quite hectic. However, it will save you a considerable amount of expense. The steps are explained further.
Procure all the materials like the water test kit and the chemicals before you engage in the task. Make a checklist of a few tasks and the tools needed to perform them before removing the pool cover.
Step # 1
Drain the water from the top of the cover before removing it. This is done with the help of a cover saver pump. Since it was not used for a long period there might be accumulation of dirt, leaves, dirt on the cover. Make sure they do not fall inside. Sweep them carefully and use a leaf blower to remove sticks, twigs, and debris from the top of the cover.
Step # 2
Removing the safety cover is difficult. You will need a removal tool to loosen the screws to remove it. After removing the cover, wipe off the dirt with your garden hose. Ensure that it is completely dry before packing and keeping it away. The next step will deal with reconnecting the various equipments used to operate the pool before adding water to it.
Step # 3
Reset the circuit if you have switched off the power breaker. Open the valves after attaching the filtration hoses and place the filter cartridge. This should be strictly done according to the guidelines for operating the heater, filter, and the pump. Remove the winterizing plugs, and lubricate the rings and other appliances with a waterproof lubricant.
Step # 4
The water level should cover at least 3/4th of the skimmer. Do not forget to prime the pump before turning on the motor. Remove every trace of air from the equipment and check for leakages. The pool should be clean. If not, start the cleaning process once again. Check to completely clean it off algae, leaf debris, sand, and other materials.
Step # 5
Analyze water chemistry before filling water into it. Take a sample of water to a professional to test alkalinity, hardness, acidity, and pH. Never throw chlorine in water. The newly added water should circulate for 10-12 hours for the solution to mix thoroughly. You can balance the water chemistry after carefully reading the instructions of the pool kit.
Step # 6
Install the ladders and handrails properly. Make sure that the diving boards have non-skid surfaces. Keep the equipment clean so that the water is not polluted. You can also apply a corrosion-resistant car wax on the rails for increasing its durability.
Even if you handle the project yourself, it will involve some investment. You cannot avoid the expenses on buying the chemicals, electricity bill, and maintenance. Chemicals will cost US$ 50-US$ 150 while electricity spent on running water pumps goes to around US$ 100-US$ 1500 annually. It is advisable to maintain the swimming pool and to keep it hygienic.