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How to Open an Above Ground Pool for the Season: A Comprehensive Guide

Posted by Watson's on Mar 15, 2024 4:11:32 PM

Opening your above ground pool marks the beginning of summer fun, leisure, and unforgettable moments with loved ones. This comprehensive guide, especially tailored for pool owners using the Aqua Smarte Plus system, walks you through every step to ensure your pool is pristine, safe, and ready for the season’s enjoyment. From basic setup to advanced maintenance with the Aqua Smarte Plus system, dive into a summer of endless fun and relaxation with confidence.

Essential Items for Opening Your Above Ground Pool

Opening your above ground pool is a straightforward process when you have the right tools and products at your disposal. To ensure a smooth and efficient pool opening experience, here’s a curated list of essential items you'll need, along with some recommended additions for optimal pool care.

Above Ground Pool Skimmer

1. Garden Hose with Water Access

A reliable garden hose is indispensable for adding fresh water to your pool. Ensure it’s long enough to reach your pool comfortably from your water source.

2. Leaf Rake

A leaf rake or net is crucial for removing leaves, twigs, and other debris from your pool’s surface and bottom. Opt for a model with a telescopic handle to reach every corner of your pool.

3. Swimway Tile and Vinyl Cleaner

This cleaner is specially formulated for pool surfaces, helping to remove grime, oil, and buildup without damaging the pool liner or tiles. It’s a must-have for a sparkling clean pool.

4. Lube Tube

Use a silicone-based lubricant like Lube Tube for sealing and lubricating o-rings, gaskets, and valves during equipment assembly. It ensures a watertight seal and smooth operation of moving parts.

5. Test Strips

Water test strips are essential for quickly assessing your pool’s pH, chlorine, alkalinity, and other chemical levels. They’re easy to use and provide immediate results, guiding your chemical adjustments.

6. Shock Treatment

A quality shock treatment is vital for eliminating bacteria, algae, and contaminants, ensuring your pool water is safe and clear. It’s an essential step in the opening process and for regular maintenance.

7. Algaecide

Prevent algae growth before it starts with a preventive algaecide treatment. Adding it during the pool opening can help keep your water algae-free for longer periods.

8. Pool Brush

A sturdy pool brush with nylon bristles is perfect for scrubbing the pool walls and floor, removing dirt and preventing algae buildup. It’s particularly useful after the winter months.

9. Pool Cover Cleaner

To properly maintain your pool cover and extend its lifespan, a good pool cover cleaner is essential. It helps remove dirt, mildew, and leaves, preparing it for storage.

10. Skimmer Basket and Filter Cleaner

Clean skimmer baskets and filters are key to efficient water circulation and filtration. A dedicated cleaner will help remove debris and oils, ensuring optimal performance.

Comprehensive Steps to Open Your Above Ground Pool


1. Carefully Remove and Clean Your Pool Cover

Removing your pool cover is the first step towards summer readiness. Use a submersible pump to drain any accumulated water and gently remove the cover to avoid spilling debris into the pool. Cleaning your cover with a dedicated cleaner and allowing it to dry before storage prevents mold and extends its life.

2. Thoroughly Inspect and Assemble Pool Equipment

Inspect all pool equipment for any winter damage. Reconnect your filter, pump, and any other components that were disassembled. Ensure all connections are tight and secure to prevent leaks or operational issues.

3. Deep Clean and Inspect Your Pool

A clean start is key. Remove debris, scrub the sides, and vacuum the bottom of your pool. Inspect your pool liner closely for signs of damage, such as tears or leaks, and repair as necessary to avoid water loss and ensure structural integrity.

4. Adjust the Water Level

Water levels often drop during the offseason. Refill your pool to the appropriate level, ensuring it reaches the middle of the skimmer opening, to optimize the filtration and circulation systems.

5. Balance the Water Chemistry

Testing and adjusting your pool's water chemistry is crucial for a safe swimming environment. Aim for a pH level between 7.2 and 7.6, alkalinity between 100 and 150 ppm, and calcium hardness around 200 to 400 ppm. Proper water balance protects your pool equipment and ensures swimmer comfort.

6. Shock the Pool Water

Shocking your pool eradicates lingering bacteria, algae, and other contaminants. Use a high-quality shock product and follow the manufacturer's recommendations for dosage. Ensure thorough mixing and circulation for maximum effectiveness.

7. Operate the Filter System

Running your filter system for at least 24 hours after shocking helps remove particulates and distributes chemicals evenly throughout the pool. This step is vital for achieving crystal-clear water.

8. Integrate Aqua Smarte Plus System for a Sparkling Start

The Aqua Smarte Plus Pool Awake kit simplifies your pool opening with a three-step process designed to work seamlessly with your system:

  • Shine: Eliminates contaminants for clear water. Apply as directed, considering your pool's volume.
  • Optimize: Stabilizes chlorine levels for effective sanitization. Adjust the amount based on your specific pool size.
  • Cannonball: Offers a 90-day algae-free guarantee, keeping your pool water inviting and algae-free.

9. Embrace Regular Maintenance

Maintaining clarity and safety requires regular upkeep. Test your water weekly, vacuum the pool, clean the skimmer baskets, and stay on top of filter maintenance. Consistency is key to prolonging the fun and lifespan of your pool.

10. Dive Into the Fun

With your pool now open and inviting, it’s time to enjoy the benefits of your hard work. Whether hosting pool parties, practicing laps, or enjoying quiet afternoons by the water, your above ground pool is a centerpiece of summer joy.

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Opening your above ground pool is the first step towards a season filled with joy, relaxation, and togetherness. Following these detailed steps, particularly with the added efficiency of the Aqua Smarte Plus system, ensures a smooth transition into summer. Remember, a well-maintained pool is the backdrop for life’s best moments. Here's to a summer of fun, laughter, and endless pool days. Welcome to the pool season – let’s make a splash!

For more comprehensive insights and guidance on keeping your above ground pool in prime condition, be sure to check out this detailed resource at Watson's: Maintenance Tips for Above Ground Pools.


How often should I test my pool water after opening it?

After initially balancing your pool water at the start of the season, it's crucial to maintain that balance for the health and safety of swimmers and the longevity of your pool. We recommend testing your pool water at least once a week. Regular testing helps monitor the levels of chlorine, pH, alkalinity, and other chemicals, allowing you to make timely adjustments. During periods of heavy use, hot weather, or after rainstorms, it's wise to test more frequently to address any sudden changes in water chemistry.


Can I use the pool immediately after adding shock and other chemicals?

It's important to wait before using the pool after adding shock or other chemicals to ensure the safety of swimmers and the effectiveness of the treatment. Typically, you should wait at least 24 hours after shocking the pool before swimming. This allows the chemicals to circulate thoroughly and the chlorine levels to return to safe, non-irritating levels. Always test the water to confirm that chlorine levels are within the recommended range (1-3 ppm) before diving in. For other chemicals, follow the manufacturer's instructions regarding wait times, as they can vary.

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