Pool Opening




Doing it the right way can mean the difference between a summer of fun and a summer of headaches! Follow these important (and easy) steps to ensure a smooth, carefree pool opening in the spring. And remember, Kirk’s Pool & Hearth is always ready to assist with information tailored to your specific pool care needs.

1.  Remove pool cover (skip this step for new pools)

Drain off any accumulated water on the cover away from your pool. Once removed, clean with Pool Seasons Cover Cleaner to prevent sticking and odors. Store in a dry place, free of debris and protected from the sun and weather.

2.  Fill your pool

Your pool should be filled to the middle of the skimmer opening to allow for proper circulation.

3.  Check your pump, skimmer basket & filter ( Make Sure Drain Plugs are in)

4.  Get your water tested

Be sure to circulate pool water 24 to 48 hours before taking a water sample. Using a clean plastic container (or better still, one that your dealer provides), scoop about one quart of water from elbow-depth. Seal the container and take it to Kirk’s Pool & Hearth for testing and analysis.

Pool Seasons pioneered the idea of computerized water analysis. Over the past 25 years, we have used our resources to research, develop and refine the science of water analysis. Today, our computerized water analysis system provides accurate results almost instantly. You receive personalized instructions for starting the pool. Help keep your water perfectly balanced by bringing in a water sample at least once every month during the pool season.

5.  Test sanitizer & pH levels


Use the following chart to determine proper levels:

Free chlorine residual

1.0 to 3.0 ppm

Total Bromine residual

1.0 to 3.0 ppm


7.4 to 7.6 is ideal range (7.2 -7.6 is acceptable)

Total Alkalinity

125 to 150 ppm

Calcium Hardness:
     Plaster pools
     All other types 

200 to 275 ppm
175 to 225 ppm

Category: Above-Ground Pools, In-Ground Pools

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