How to Open Your Pool for Summer

Opening Your Pool – Tips for Success

It’s springtime and of course, for pool owners that means it’s time to start preparing the pool for summer! There is no one-size-fits-all guide to opening a pool up for the spring, so instead of walking you through step-by-step, listed below are essential steps you need to follow for the most basic pool opening.

It should be mentioned that if there are any doubts or concerns with opening your pool yourself, we recommend calling our Service Department at (901) 754-7058 or scheduling a service call online.

Once again, the list below is not a step-by-step guide to opening your pool. Rather, our list includes essentials that need to be taken care of if you are opening your pool yourself. If you have any questions that are not answered in this post, please consult a professional.

Taking Inventory

It should go without saying that you will, at some point after opening your pool, be using chemicals to correct or maintain your pool’s water chemistry. Before heading in to your nearest Hawaiian Pools retail location, it is recommended to take inventory of the chemicals you currently have on hand, what size containers they are in, and the approximate amount of product you still have available. This will eliminate any confusion or excess purchases.

Cleaning the Cover

If you do not cover your pool over the winter, then this does not pertain to you. If you do cover your pool when you close the pool, then be sure to remove all leaves and debris from the cover before actually removing the cover. This prevents extra debris from falling into the pool, which you would then have to sweep and vacuum out. Once the cover is removed, be sure to hose it off and clean it with a cover cleaner solution, then allow the cover to completely dry before tightly rolling or fan folding it for storage. Be sure to keep the cover stored away from insects and moisture.

Reinstall Plumbing

Locate the plugs from your pump, filter, and all other equipment that were removed during the closing of the pool (if Hawaiian Pools closed your pool, these plugs will be located inside the pump strainer basket under the clear lid). Once you have located the plugs, reinstall them in the equipment. Now would also be a good time to inspect the pressure gauge. Be sure to lubricate all o-rings with a silicone-based lubricant.

Reinstall Equipment

Be sure to reinstall equipment such as safety rails, diving boards, slides, ladders, etc.

Fill Pool and Clean It!

Fill your pool to about 3/4 of the skimmer. Once the pool is filled, skim the top with a skim net or deep leaf net, as well as vacuum the bottom of the pool. Be sure to clean all of the debris out of the pool that you can. Let the pool run with water circulating through the skimmers and main drains. Once the water is cleaned and has circulated for at least 24 hours, then it’s time for the next step…

Balancing the Water

We recommend bringing your water in to your nearest Hawaiian Pools retail location for a FREE water analysis. If you would rather test and balance the water yourself, be sure to bring the pH to the appropriate range first, then chlorine, then balance the Calcium Hardness and Total Alkalinity. If you are unsure of how to properly adjust your chemicals in the correct order, please consult your nearest Hawaiian Pools retail store. After the pool is balanced, you will want to add an initial shock dosage of 1lb. of GLB SuperSonic per 15,000 gallons. If you are using another shock product, please consult with a Hawaiian Pools professional to determine the correct dosage amounts.

If you use a salt water chlorination system, your start-up will include the same steps as a pool that uses chlorine tablets. During balancing the pool, you will need to raise the salt level to the levels recommended by the manufacturer of your salt chlorine generator. If the pool temperature is below 55 degrees, your salt system might not output correctly. In the event that your system is not working properly due to cold pool temperatures, add chlorine tablets until the temperature rises to the right levels.


Once again, please do not use this list as a pool opening guide. These are just steps to include while you open your pool. If you need more assistance in opening your pool, please call our Service Department at (901) 754-7058 or contact them online. Did we leave something out? Need clarification on one of the steps above? Let us know in the comments below, as well as tell us what else you’d like for us to talk about on our blog

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