With spring right around the corner, you may already be thinking about opening your swimming pool this spring. 

Before opening your Vancouver swimming pool this spring, you will want to follow a few simple steps that will ensure you get started off on the right foot.

Here is what you should do before opening your swimming pool:

 

1. Inspect your pool 

The very first thing to do is inspect your pool for any damage, or for equipment or accessories that need to be replaced. This includes inspecting the filter, skimmer and other pool equipment to ensure that everything is in good working order. If not, now is a good time to book repair work before opening your pool for the season. You will also want to check for any leaks in your inground pool. 

2. Clean your pool deck

We suggest starting with the area around your swimming pool before cleaning the top of the pool cover in order to prevent loose dirt and yard debris from dropping into your pool while you are opening the cover. Sweep the area around the pool to clear debris and wash ladders, handrails and diving boards with soap and water. 

3. Clean your pool cover

Your pool cover collects the dirt and debris with the precipitation that falls throughout the winter. The first thing you should do when cleaning your pool cover at the start of the season is to ensure that your pool cover is free from debris and water. To do this, first, remove all the leaves and sticks from the cover, then vacuum up any excess water. Lastly, remove your pool cover and give it a good scrub with soap, water, and a soft brush – away from the edge of the pool in order to avoid dirt and debris washing into the pool water. 

4. Ensure your chemicals are fully stocked 

A fully stocked chemical kit is the prized possession of every pool owner. Have a look at your current inventory to make sure everything has survived winter storage and is not expired. A basic checklist of the chemicals you will need as part of your maintenance kit includes: 

  • Chlorine 
  • pH increaser 
  • pH decreaser 
  • Alkalinity increaser 
  • Calcium hardness increaser 
  • Metal sequestrant 
  • Water clarifier

Now is a good time to also make sure you have all the appropriate safety gear required to sanitize and shock your pool. 

Opening your pool the right way sets the stage for easier maintenance throughout the season, to keep your pool in sparklingly clean condition.