How to Open an Above Ground Pool

At last, the dead and cold winter has come to an end. And the life of pool season starts bringing back. So, your next-door neighbors are preparing their above ground pool for swimming to enjoy the whole summer.

But you aren’t ready to open your pool as the pool cover looks messy, and you don’t know from where to start. To accelerate your workflow, we bring this step by step guide on how to open an above ground pool.

So, let’s dig into this guide to complete the pool opening up workflows with fun and joy.

How to Open an Above Ground Pool

Step 1

Start the pool opening up workflow by cleaning out the pool cover. Debris, leaf, and rainfall gets a lot of time to mess up the pool sheet.

How to Open an Above Ground Pool

So, it’s good to start with cleaning it.

To remove debris & leaves, use a leaf catcher or a broom. Make sure you use them gently on the cover. Otherwise, it may damage the sheet, which protects your pool diligently.

You can also use a cover pump to suck away excess water and debris from the pool sheet.

Try to pick away most of the mess from the cover. The more debris you can catch, the less dirt falls into the pool.

Step 2

After cleaning the cover, it’s time to remove it from your pool. But the heck is- you need extra dozens of hands to eliminate the sheet. You can call your friends and next-door neighbors for help.

Once you can manage a few people and remove the cover from the pool, lay it on the flat ground.

Then, give a thorough look to see whether it lasts up to the next season or not.

Otherwise, you need to purchase a new one before the end of this season.

And then, bring some soft cleaner to wash out the cover. Apply the cleaner and scrub away it with a brush.

In this case, you can also use the garden hose to wash away the cover thoroughly. Then, dry out the pool cover in the sun.

Finally, fold it up and store it in a sealed bag for its protection.

Step 3

It’s time to bring back every pool accessories and equipment into your pool that you removed for the winter.

Before putting them back into the pool, make sure you clean or wipe down every piece of equipment. It helps to prevent extra dust from falling into your pool.

Now, check the water level of your pool. Because of the winter, a few inches of water may go down than its normal level.

So, fill up the pool with water to level up the standard level. Make sure you use a filter hose so that any contaminants come into the water.

Step 4

Wonder around your pool and remove every winter plug you installed in the skimmer and return lines.

After removing out every winter plug, reinstall the normal plugs and return jets.

Indeed, you need to take every winter plugs out and reattach the regular ones instead of them.

Step 5

In this step, you need to hook up every pool equipment.

For example, connect the skimmer to the pump and attach the pump with the filter.

After you hooked up everything, it’s time to flip the circuit breaker and turn the pump on.

Also, make sure you prime the pool pump so that water can flow through it thoroughly.

You can also backwash the filter to maintain its efficiency. Before backwashing, we recommend you to check the manufacturer guidelines.

The next thing you need to do is- clean the pool evenly. You can use a scrub brush to remove dirt and debris from the pool walls.

Then, vacuum the above ground pool surface to suck away rotten leaves, debris, and dirt. 

Also, you can use a skimmer to pick up debris and leaf from the pool surface.

Step 6

In this step, you need to test and balance the pool water.

So, take sample water from your pool and bring it to a pool expert to check everything like alkalinity, pH, and chlorine is ok.

After the test, you can know what adjustments you need to make for balancing the water.

Afterward, shock the pool with some chemicals like sodium hypo or cal hypo.

For shocking with sodium hypo, put 10 ounces of sodium with 12.5% of chlorine for a 10000-gallon pool.

Then, spread it directly in your pool water to sanitize the water, killing bacteria & germs.

Step 7

Once you successfully shock your above ground pool, it’s time to relax by letting the filter rest of the work for you.

Turn on your pool filter for at least 24 hours to filter and circulate the water.

After 24 hours,  retest your pool water to see if everything is ok or not.

If everything is fine, you are ready to jump into your pool for swimming.


So, how to open an above ground pool?

The simple answer is- follow the steps we mentioned to do the task by yourself.

We recommend you to check the pH level of your pool water per week. And check the alkalinity level every week.

Now, what’s up? You are ready to swim in your pool for the whole summer.

Do you have any questions related to above ground pool opening? Then, feel free to leave a comment below.

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