Remove the net and/or winter cover and clean it to protect it from the chlorine residue and remove algae.

Remove any leaves or residue from the bottom as soon as possible because that is what makes the water green. If the water level is too low, bring it up.

Put back all plugs for:

  • Filter
  • Pump
  • Heater
  • Chlorinator

Put back all light bulbs.

Put back on the filter : pressure gauge, bottle (if there is one), drain plug.

Reconnect all disconnected plumbing for :

  • Pump
  • Filter
  • Returns
  • Heater
  • Chlorinator
  • Skimmer
  • Main drain

Remove from skimmer :

  • Foams (2)
  • Plugs

And put back :

  • Door
  • Basket

Put back the pump basket, plug(s)


Remove plugs from returns and put back (rings if Jacuzzi) and eyeballs (aim at the bottom and to one side to make sure that the water is circulating around the pool).

All that's left is to fill up the pump with water (open the valve) and start it up.

If you need to remove leaves or anything else, do it as soon as possible, even if you can't see, because that's what is making the water green. Don't expect to clear the water to see what's at the bottom, chemicals will only turn it to mush, making it that much harder to clean up.

Once all the leaves have been removed, then it's time to make a list of the products (and quantities) you have on hand and have the water tested. That way, you know that the water needs, what you already have and what you are missing.

The water has to be well balanced :

  • Total alcalinity
  • Ph

 Then the opening kit.

According to the results of the water analysis, you will have more steps to do, then start adding chlorine 24 hours after the openine kit.


N.B.: An easy pool opening starts with a proper closing, balanced water, a closing kit which will activate in the spring and no leaves in the water.