7 Steps to Opening your Pool for Summer

March 14, 2023 Written by: Nick Luisi


Summer is right around the corner, and it’s time to get your pool ready for the season. Opening your pool for summer can seem like a daunting task, but with a little preparation and these simple steps, you can have it ready in no time.

Step 1: Remove the Pool Cover

Before opening your pool, it’s important to remove any debris from the cover. Fold it neatly and store it in a dry, cool place to prevent mildew and other damage.

Before removing the cover, make sure that it is completely dry. Any water or moisture left on the cover can cause mold and mildew to grow. Use a pool cover pump or a hose to remove any standing water, and then fold the cover neatly for storage.

Step 2: Check the Water Level

Ensure that the water level is at the appropriate height for your pool. If the water level is too low, add more water. A pool that is too low on water can cause damage to the pump and other equipment, so it’s important to make sure the water level is correct.

Typically, the water level should be halfway up the skimmer opening.

Step 3: Clean the Pool

Cleaning your pool is an important step to making sure your guests are safe from bacteria or debris, and the pool is inviting. Clean out any debris that may have accumulated during the winter months.

Skim the surface, vacuum the bottom, and brush the walls to make sure the pool is sparkling clean. Use a pool skimmer to remove any leaves, twigs, or other debris floating on the surface. 

pool net getting leaves out of the water

Vacuum the bottom of the pool to remove any dirt or debris that may have accumulated over the winter. Finally, use a pool brush to scrub the walls and floor of the pool, removing any algae or other buildup. 

Step 4: Check the Equipment 

Make sure that the pool’s pump, filter, heater, and other equipment are all working properly. If any of the equipment is not working, have it repaired before opening the pool to avoid any problems down the road.

Before turning on the pump, check the strainer basket and any other filters for debris. Clean or replace any dirty filters, and make sure all of the equipment is properly connected.

Step 5: Add Chemicals for Healthy Water

If you properly closed your swimming pool for winter, chances are that your pool will be in better shape this spring. Test the water and add the appropriate chemicals to balance the pH and chlorine levels.

Make sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions carefully, as t’s important to test the water regularly to make sure the pH and chlorine levels are correct. High or low levels of pH or chlorine can cause skin irritation, eye irritation, or even serious health problems.

pH balancer testing pool water quality

Step 6: Turn On the Circulation System 

Once the water is at a healthy level with chemicals, turn on the pump and let it run for a few hours to circulate the water and distribute the chemicals evenly. Before turning on the pump, make sure all of the equipment is properly connected and functioning correctly. 


Check for any leaks or cracks in the pool and have them repaired, if necessary. Leaks or cracks can cause serious damage to the pool and surrounding areas, so it’s important to have them fixed as soon as possible. Places, where there may be cracks or leaks, include areas such as around the tiles, the pool liner, and any other places where water may be escaping.

Ready to Open your Pool for Summer?

By following these six simple steps, you can have your pool ready for summer in no time.If you need any help with any step in this process, give us a call here at Sunset Pools & Spas, and we will be happy to help you open your pool.

Not only will your pool be safe and healthy for everyone who will be swimming in it, but it will also be a beautiful place to relax and enjoy the warm weather. Happy swimming!