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Living in the northeast, the days of winter can seem endless. But as those days start getting longer and the temperatures start climbing, owners of above ground pools start thinking about the inevitable – opening the pool.

How to Open Above Ground Pool in Less Than 10 Steps

  1. Clean Off the Pool Cover

First, start by removing all water, debris and leaves from the winter cover. Consider adding a submersible pool cover pump to your above ground pool supplies or you can use a basement sump pump, which can be found at your local above ground pool supply store. Use a skimmer or soft broom to remove debris and leaves so that you don’t damage the cover.


  1. Remove the Cover

Remove the cover carefully to avoid getting any remaining debris in the pool. If some leaves or dirt do get fall in, you’ll be able to take care of it later with the proper chemicals and cleaning equipment for above ground pools.


  1. Clean and Store the Cover

After removing it, lay the cover on the lawn and brush away any remaining debris. Once dry, sprinkle both sides with talcum powder to prevent the buildup of mold and mildew. Loosely fold the cover and store it in a cool, dry area. Put it in a covered plastic container during the season to keep critters away.

  1. Add Water if Needed

You may need to add water to your pool depending on how it was closed. If the water is low, this is an opportunity to check the status of the liner and determine if you need above ground pool liner replacement. Then, be sure your pool is filled to the halfway mark of your skimmer.


  1. Reinstall Deck Equipment

Depending on how extensive your deck is, you may have many components to reinstall. For above ground pools, this includes your ladder.


  1. Set Up the Pump, Filter and Other Equipment

Replace all drain plugs, gauges and other parts to the filter system, pump and other equipment. Next, connect all the hoses, including:

  • From skimmer to pump
  • From pump to filter
  • From filter to heater, chlorinator or any other extra filter equipment. Don’t have any? Attach the hose directly to the return inlet.
  • Make sure your multiport valve is turned to the filter position (if you have one)


  1. Start Your Pump and Filter

When it comes to how to open above ground pool aspects, this is the most exciting part! Turn the power on to your pool. Check for drips or leaks, and ensure the ground wires are connected correctly to the pump. Is the pump is running dry? You may have to prime it. Shut off the filter system, detach the pump lid and add water to encourage it to pull water. Backwash the filter once starting up your filter.


  1. Clean the Pool

Before adding any of the start-up chemicals in your above ground pool supplies, you must clean the pool. Brush the walls, check if you need to consider above ground pool liner replacement, vacuum the floor and skim the surface.


  1. Test Pool Chemistry and Add Start-Up Chemicals

Once the system has run for several hours, test the pool water for pH, total alkalinity and chlorine levels. Ideal levels are

  • pH: 7.4 to 7.6
  • Total Alkalinity: 80 to 120 ppm
  • Chlorine: 2.0 to 4.0 ppm

Once all of these steps are completed, above ground pools should run at least 24 hours. Then retest the water, and if everything is in working order, happy swimming! If you need the assistance of your local above ground pool supplies store, be sure to give them a call.