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Inground Pool Opening Instructions

(If a safety cover is being used, please take cover off using safety cover tool, spread out in the yard and let dry and then store away in storage bag, disregard steps 1-6 and start with step 7)

IMPORTANT: Water level must be maintained. As water is pumped off the cover an equal amount must be introduced under the cover.

  1. Put garden hose under cover and fill pool (only to return level until pump and filter are attached).
  2. Pump/siphon water off cover as you continue to fill pool under cover.
    Hint: 1-2 gallons of chlorine shock poured around pool on top of cover 1-2 days prior to opening makes cleaning the cover much easier.
  3. Use a leaf rake and wall brush to get leaves and debris off cover while you pump/siphon the water off.
    Hint: As water is taken off cover, pull cover taught on top of pool. This will allow you to get all water and debris off the cover.
  4. The easiest place to clean the cover is on the pool. Make sure it is clean before you remove it.
  5. Once clean, drain and clean water bags and remove them from the cover.
  6. Roll up water bags, fold and roll up cover and store off the floor so creatures won’t chew on it.
  7. Remove blowout and plugs from pool interior (if present) and install return eyeball and skimmer basket.
  8. Re-install all pump plugs, filter plug, sight glass (sand filter).
    Hint: Wrap each with Teflon tape to prevent leaks.
  9. Re-attach pump to base. Re-attach hose between pump and filter.  Re-attach hose between pump and skimmer. Re-attach hose between filter and return.
  10. Make sure strainer cover (pump lid) is clean, gasket is clean and gasket track is clean.
    Always Turn Pump Off Prior To Moving Valves.
  11. Move filter valve to filter (sand filter).
  12. Fill pool till water level is ½ – ¾ up the skimmer faceplate.
  13. Test water and balance pH.  Add chlorine or Baquacil per instructions.
  14. Vacuum pool.
  15. Back wash (sand) filter or Regenerate (D.E.) filter. Clean filter if cartridge.
  16. Replace ladder.
  17. Allow pump/filter to run continuously for 48-72 hours then cut back to normal operation.
  18. Check Sanitizer/pH level once per week.


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