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The Easiest Guide To Pool Opening | Canada Hot Tub Parts

Posted by Canada Hot Tub Parts on Mar 15, 2023

The Easiest Guide To Pool Opening | Canada Hot Tub Parts


It's almost that time of year again, the wonderful season when you get to open your pool for the summer! This process is best done around late April, ensuring the smoothest transition into pool season without any worry of excessive algae buildup. With this in mind, it's the perfect time to discuss above-ground pool pumps, pool opening, and pool cleaning.

Opening your pool can seem like a daunting task, with many steps and requirements. We will simplify this for you by providing a straightforward pool opening checklist. A great way to begin this process is by looking into Pool Opening Kits, which will provide you with the necessary chemicals to open a swimming pool for the season.


  1. Clean off your winter pool cover, making sure not to damage it, then go ahead and store it for the summer. Take off any heater covers or diving board covers you may have as well.
  2. Remove all winterizing pool plugs and if you've been using an ice compensator, remove that as well. This is a great time to add your skimmer baskets and remove the skimmer plates.
  3. Inspect your pool lining as well as all of your equipment and the surrounding areas. This includes ladders, safety rails, heaters, pumps, and filters.
  4. Inventory pool chemicals. Take a look at what pool chemicals you have and be sure to make a list of what you might need to get. It is necessary to always have: test strips, daily sanitizer, shock, balancing chemicals, algaecide, and filter cleaners.
  5. Fill your pool halfway to the fill line with water.
  6. Start your filter system and make sure your pump and filter work properly with no leaks. Now is a great time to replace your cartridge filter if need be.
  7. Clean your pool by using a brush, vacuum, and skimming the surface, to remove calcium buildup and debris.
  8. Fill the rest of the pool.
  9. Add shock to your pool water, then run your pump for 24 hours.
  10. Use your test strips and add the chemicals required to properly balance your pool water.


Figuring out the best pump for your pool can be stressful, but you can make it easier by following this general rule:
  • For pools under 24 FT (15,300 Gallons), use a 1 horsepower pump.
  • For pools over 24 FT, use a 1.5 horsepower pump.
Something important to keep in mind is that you must match your pool filter and pump to each other, as well as to the pool itself. You don't want to make the mistake of overworking part of your filter system by having parts with different functioning power. The filter system is essential and must be fully functioning at a proper rate as it moves the water through the filter and chlorinator, keeping your water clean and clear.


If the idea of pool maintenance and regular cleaning seems too much, then an automatic pool cleaner is perfect for you. With powerful cleaning action, you can simply place the robotic pool cleaner in the water and watch them scrub the unwanted grime and debris. Don't be fooled, while it seems like we specialize only in hot tub parts, we do sell pool parts and equipment as well!
With all your pool equipment thoroughly checked and your pool now open, you can start getting ready for the pool parties you’re sure to have!