How to: Open Your Pool and Turn it Blue

<strong>How to:</strong> Open Your Pool and Turn it Blue

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  • Category:
  • Pool
  • Pool Opening

When it's time to open your pool for the swimming season, HTH Pool Care products can help you prepare your water. There are two essential elements to ready your pool for the season: ensuring the equipment is in proper working order and balancing the water. Use the HTH Pool Care Kit for Opening and Closing in addition to the steps below.

Preparing the Pool Water

•Test the water using the HTH Pool Care 6-Way Test Strips, or other HTH Pool Care 6-Way Test Kit.
• Adjust the TA, pH, FAC, and TH to the ideal levels recommended in the Balanced Pool Care Chart.
• If needed, stabilize the water using HTH Pool Care Chlorine Stabilizer.
• Shock treat pool water with an HTH shock product.
• Continue routine maintenance for the entire season to keep your pool water clear and clean.

Preparing the Equipment

• Remove any water and debris that have accumulated on your pool cover during the winter.
• Take off the pool cover. Clean the cover to prevent mildew and premature deterioration.
• Reconnect all plumbing and electrical connections for the pump, filter, and circulation system.
• Make sure the skimmer(s), filter(s), pump(s), drain(s) and other equipment are clean and free of winter debris.
• Use a leaf skimmer to scoop up all surface and submerged debris.
• Clean the pool floor and walls with a curved wall brush.
• If necessary raise water level to middle of skimmer.
• Make sure all hoses and electrical hookups are in working order.
• Turn on filter pump and check the circulation system for leaks.
• Check the skimmer, drain and filter to make sure they are functioning properly. • Use a pool vacuum to remove any remaining debris.
• Run the filter for 12 hours.

As always, we’re here to help. If you have questions, contact our help line at 1-866-HTH-POOL or talk to our experts with our live chat!


Please read the following important reminders before adding pool chemicals to water:

• NEVER mix products together or dissolve before use.

• ONLY enter pool when FAC levels are below 4 ppm to prevent risk of bodily harm.