Remove any debris from the top of the cover. A leaf net or rakeis the perfect tool for this job.
Drain as much water off the top of your cover as possible. Using a submersible pump makes this step a breeze. Just make sure to only pump water from the cover and not the pool.
Clean the cover with a vinyl cover cleaner. After cleaning and drying both sides of the cover, sprinkle Alkalinity Up on the cover to help prevent mold and mildew. Fold the cover loosely, and store it in a cool dry place.
2. Connect the pool equipment.
Follow all manufacturers' instructions to re-connect your pump, filter and heater. Make sure all drain plugs are replaced.
Raise the water level to its normal level which should be to about the middle of the skimmer opening or midway up the tile. A great way to consistently maintain your water level without constant monitoring is with an automatic water leveler.
4. Clean Your Pool
Use the following steps to clean your pool:
Skim the Surface
Clean the tile or vinyl sides
Brush the pool
Check the skimmer and pump strainer baskets
Vacuum the pool
Service the filter
Rinse the deck
5. Adjust your pH and Alkalinity levels
If total alkalinity is higher than 180 ppm, it must be lowered. Leslie’s Dry Acid will lower Total Alkalinity. If the Total Alkalinity is below 80 ppm, it must be raised. Leslie’s Alkalinity Up will raise the Total Alkalinity. Once the Total Alkalinity is in the proper range of 80 – 120 ppm , the pH should then be adjusted to fall within the range of 7.4 - 7.6. If you have adjusted the Total Alkalinity first, the pH should be close to the proper range. Use Leslie's Soda Ash to make any necessary adjustments to your pH.
Proper levels of sanitizer in your pool should be 1-3 ppm for chlorine and 2-4 ppm bromine.
9. Add algaecide
Add an algaecide to either clean up any algae that exists in your pool, or as a preventative measure to keep your water algae free. Leslie's Algae Control is a great choice for any pool. We also carry a large selection of enzyme based algae controls.
10. Use Leslie's Start-Up Kits
The easiest and most economical way to start up your pool each spring is to use a Leslie's Start-Up kit. We include everything you need for a successful pool opening. Save over 30% compared to purchasing the components separately!
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