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Opening Your Pool


Doing it the right way can mean the difference between a summer of fun and a summer of headaches! Follow these easy and important steps to ensure a smooth, carefree pool opening in the spring.

1. Remove your pool cover (skip this step for new pools)

Drain off any accumulated water on the cover away from your pool. Once removed, clean with BioGuard Stow-Away​ to prevent sticking and odors. Store in a dry place, free of debris and protected from the sun and weather.

2. Fill your pool with water

Your pool should be filled to the middle of the skimmer opening to allow for proper circulation.

3. Check your pump, skimmer basket, and filter

After your circulation is running, add Pool Opening Complete.

4. Get your water tested

Be sure to circulate pool water 24 to 48 hours before taking a water sample. Use a clean container to scoop from elbow-depth (away from skimmers and returns) about one quart of water. Seal the container and bring it in to get tested. All water tests at Caldwell Pools are FREE with a chemical purchase, otherwise they are $5.00.

5. Check your sanitizer and pH

You can test sanitizer and pH yourself using BioGuard test strips (sold in store) to check free chlorine, total bromine residuals, and pH levels and Total Alkalinity. Use the following chart to determine proper levels.

Free Chlorine residual 1.0 to 4.0 ppm

Total Bromine residual 1.0 to 4.0 ppm

pH: 7.4 to 7.6 is ideal range (7.2-7.6 is acceptable)

Total Alkalinity: 125 to 150 ppm (or 80 to 150 ppm for saltwater pools)

Calcium Hardness (plaster and SoftSwim pools) 200 to 275 ppm

Calcium Hardness (all other types) 175 to 225 ppm

6. Routine maintenance

Routine maintenance is the best way to maintain your pool. And with BioGuard’s easy-to-use BioGuard 3-Step Care System, it’s as easy as 1-2-3! We even have a non-chlorine system, SoftSwim. We have you covered!

Any questions? We’re happy to help!

Call Caldwell Pools at 330-847-7509

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