What you’ll need to Open Your In-Ground Pool for the Season

feet in poolWith the swimming season getting closer, many pool owners are beginning to make the necessary preparations to open up their in-ground pools for the summer season. As the weather warms, you and your family are increasingly itching to take a dip on a nice sunny day, but it’s important to get all of your preparations in order now if you’re able.

Having the necessary pool opening supplies on hand in the spring means you can open up as soon as that first nice day hits and you won’t have to spend the extra time purchasing chemicals and cleaning tools. Below is a list of what you should definitely have on hand for this summer.

  • Shock/Chlorine – A pool should ideally be “shocked” at least once a week once you’ve opened it. When you open the pool, you’ll want a chlorine shock to pour in so that the chemical levels within the water will be able to balance out after being stagnant all winter.
  • Water testing kit – Be sure to pick one of these up if you’ll be opening your pool yourself, as you’ll need a variety of different chemical tests for your water throughout the swimming season. The main tests a kit should contain are pH, chlorine, total alkalinity, and calcium hardness.
  • pH/Alkalinity – Once you pour the shock into the pool, you may need to use extra chemicals to balance out the water if you used too much or too little. By having increasers and decreasers on hand, you’ll be able to modify the pH or alkalinity of your pool to bring it to perfect swimming conditions.

At Little Giant Pool & Spa, we also provide pool opening services for in-ground pools in St. Louis, Missouri. If you’ve never opened a pool before or simply want to save some time with the process this year, give us a call today at (636) 271-2200!