Spring is here, and it’s time to prepare your above ground pool for the summer season.
An above ground pool can be a great addition to your backyard, providing a fun and relaxing place for you and your family to enjoy during the hot summer months.
But before you can start enjoying your pool, it needs to be prepared during the spring season. This can seem like a daunting task, especially for beginners, but with the right guidance and a little bit of effort, you can have your pool ready in no time for all that hot days.
On a personal note, I have been guilty of waiting too long to prepare my pool for summer before. Although the repuctutions is not earth shattering it does take time away to enjoy your pool and there is also a difference in water temrpature earlier. So get going during spring!
In this article, we will be providing a beginner’s guide to preparing your above ground pool for summer during spring. We will walk you through the steps of cleaning the pool cover, checking for leaks, clearing out debris, reassembling the pool, re-installing the pump, balancing the water, and turning on the power.
By the end of this article, you will have a clear understanding of the steps you need to take to prepare your above ground pool for spring and be ready to enjoy it all summer long.
Clean the above ground pool cover
By now if you have read any of our articles before you should know we are pool cover fanatics for many, many reasons. So, before you start, remove the cover from your pool and give it a good cleaning. This will remove any debris that has accumulated over the winter months.
Expecially if you live in a dry winter climate like I do. It is astonishing how much dust can settle on your cover.
Just a word of caution, and it goes without saying, remove the cover with care. You don’t want the debris meant to be kept out ending inside your pool!
Check your above ground pool for leaks
If you have decided to keep your pool up during winter (we discuss this topic in this article), then it is a great time to inspect the pool for any leaks or damage that may have occurred during the winter.
It goes without saying that winter months can be hard and tough for anything facing the elements outside.
If you find any leaks, be sure to have them repaired before you start filling the pool. Here is a great repair tool option you can consider from Amazon.
Clear out debris
Once the cover is off, use a leaf skimmer or a pool net to remove any debris from the pool’s surface. Of course this process is easier if you drained your pool during winter – something you can consider and a topic we cover in this article.
Re-assemble the pool
Personally I have kept my pool up during winter and also took it down. And my experience is the latter is better. Again it depends on what winter climate you live in, but the amount of work in the previous steps required to ready your pool again, far outweigh the little effort to take it down, clean it up and store it away safely in a dust free environment.
if your pool needs to be reassembled due to winter disassembly, make sure to do it carefully and following the instructions.
Re-install the pump
After re-assembling the pool, you will need to re-install the pump and filter. This should be done by a professional if you’re not comfortable with it.
Of course this step requires that you have a pump. Not all owners invest in one and that is fine. I ran my first above ground pool for many years without a pump, but must admit if you do want clear water for the whole summer then the investment is well worth it if you can afford it.
At the time of writing this article here were the exact pump I use for my pool from Amazon.
Balance the water
Once the pool is filled, you will need to balance the water by adjusting the pH, alkalinity and chlorine levels. A pool test kit will help you determine the levels.
We cover this in this article.
Turn on the power
With the pump and filter back in place, you can turn on the power to start the filtration system. Run it for a day or two to ensure that it is crystal clear before taking that first swim.
Or just swim.
At the end that is all what it is about.
Enjoy your pool
With your pool cleaned, balanced and running, it’s time to enjoy it! Be sure to follow regular maintenance routine to keep your pool clean and sparkling throughout the summer. Be sure to check out all our maintenance tips to keep your pool clean and enjoyable all year round.
In conclusion, preparing your above ground pool during spring doesn’t have to be a difficult task. By following the steps outlined in this beginner’s guide, you can get your pool ready for the summer season in no time. First, start by cleaning the pool cover, inspecting the pool for leaks, and clearing out debris. Then, reassemble the pool, re-install the pump and filter, and balance the water. Once you’ve completed these steps, turn on the power and your pool will be ready to go.
It’s important to keep in mind that preparing your pool for spring is just the first step in maintaining your pool throughout the summer. Regular maintenance like cleaning the pool, balancing the water, and checking for leaks will help ensure that your pool stays in good condition. With proper care and maintenance, you can enjoy your pool for many summers to come.
Don’t forget to enjoy it and make lots of fun memories with your friends and family.
How do you open an above ground pool after winter?
Opening an above ground pool after winter can be a simple process if you follow the proper steps. First, remove the pool cover and give it a thorough cleaning to remove any debris. Next, check for leaks or damage to the pool and make any necessary repairs. Reassemble the pool if it was disassembled for the winter, reinstall the pump and filter, and balance the water. Finally, turn on the power to start the filtration system and enjoy your pool. Keep in mind that pool water may take some time to heat up after being cold for a long period of time. Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions for your specific pool and any local regulations.
What chemicals do I need to start my above ground pool?
To start your above ground pool, you will need to add several chemicals to ensure the water is safe and clear for swimming. The most important chemicals you will need are chlorine, pH balancer and algaecide. Chlorine is added to the water to kill bacteria and other contaminants. pH balancer helps to maintain the proper pH level in the water, which should be between 7.2 and 7.8. Algaecide is added to prevent and control the growth of algae. You may also need to add a clarifier to help clear cloudy water and a water stabilizer if you live in an area with high levels of sunlight. It’s important to test your pool water regularly to ensure the levels of these chemicals are balanced and consistent