How To Open Your Inground Swimming Pool!

How to Open a Swimming Pool


  1. Drain water from top of pool cover and remove leaves and debris.
  2. Inspect filter and pump for any damaged/worn parts.
  3. Change or clean filter media if needed.
  4. Fill pool with cover still on to raise water level to 2/3 up skimmer.
  5. Purchase new parts, chemicals, and supplies for the season.
  6. Take cover off, hose off and store it dry.(Do not leave cover laying on grass - it will kill grass. Do not store wet or dirty covers or tarps, as they will mold)
  7. Remove winter plugs by loosening the wing-nuts and then pulling out plugs.The plugs are located in the return ports on the sides of the pool usually about 2 feet (0.6 m) below the skimmers. Also check for plugs in the skimmer ports.
  8. Install eyeball jets in return ports in the sides of the pool where you removed the plugs.Adjust jets to point toward the surface of the water to slightly disturb the water surface.
  9. Install plugs in bottom of filter, pump, and basket.Plugs are usually stored in the basket over winter.
  10. Install pressure gauge and clear plastic port.
  11. Install air bleed valve and back out a few turns.
  12. Open all valves.
  13. Fill filter basket with water.
  14. Set valve to waste.If a plastic hose is available install on waste port with hose clamp and route hose to yard. A large volume of water will exit this hose when pump is turned on.
  15. Turn on pump.Water will spray out of air bleed valve. Leave valve open until air is removed - approximately 3 minutes.
  16. Turn off pump.
  17. Set valve to filter.
  18. Restart pump.
  19. Run filter continuously for 24 hours, back-washing as needed (backwash or clean the filter each time the pressure rises 10 psi) to keep filter media clean.
  20. Clean debris from bottom of pool with leaf bag.
  21. Shock pool, scrub sides.
  22. Shut pump off to allow dead algae to settle overnight.Vacuum the algae the next day and begin filtering again.
  23. Repeat steps 20-22 until water clears.
  24. Adjust chlorine levels to maintain 1.0-2.0ppm and pH to 7.2-7.6.
  25. Add algaecide and monitor pool every week for chlorine use, pH and clarity.Adjust filtering times, you may only need to filter 6-10 hours a day for the rest of the summer.

Community Q&A

  • Question
    How do I clean the filter on a pool?
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  • Question
    What can I do if water is bubbling when turning on the pump?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    You have air coming into the system somewhere. Start from the pump inlet and tighten everything you can, Connections that need screwing in are often the culprits, so make sure those are completely screwed in. Then make sure any clamps are are also tightened. Continue, working backward from the pump to the water inlet.
  • Question
    I had my pool professionally opened this year, and after a week of shocking and algaecide, it's still green. How can I fix this issue myself?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    The pH needs to be corrected in order for the shock to work accurately. The filter needs to run almost constantly and be backwashed often. The algae causing the green color are small and after successfully shocking, you may want to waste the water you've vacuumed. If you try this, first fill your pool much higher than normal since you'll be wasting the water.
  • Question
    How do I keep the cyanuric acid concentration/levels below 100 ppm?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    Avoid using a stabilized chlorine that contains cyanuric acid. Removal of cyanuric acid is not possible by chemical treatment; you'll have to remove dirty water and top up with clean water. Cyanuric acid can bond to the walls and plumbing of your pool, so removing 50% of the water and refilling the pool may not necessarily drop your cyanuric acid levels by 50%.
  • Question
    How do I start a new pool?
    Community Answer
    Make flyers, invite friends, have a pool party. These will all help you.
  • Question
    What do I do if my pool is full of leaves?
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    Community Answer
    In addition to the steps outlined in the article, you'll need to scoop out all the leaves with a pool net.
Unanswered Questions
  • What valves need to be open to skim debris from the top of the water?
  • How do I clear up opaque water that seems to be clean?
  • Where does the pressure gauge screw in?
  • What valve should be open to keep my pool clean?
  • Are there valves to remove in my filter?
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  • Removing leaves and debris from cover is easier if a leaf net is used over the pool cover.

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