Spring is afoot, and what better time to start thinking about your swimming pool. But before we think about slipping our toes in the warm pool water, we need to address certain aspect about the start of the season.

Let’s talk about kick-starting your swimming pool, you know it is the most crucial part of having a pool, it will determine how fast you will be able to truly enjoy it.

The best time to begin this process is early spring, that moment when the ice is all melted and the sun’s heat really starts showing themselves.

Here are our opening steps, so you do not have to worry about it and put our years of experience to good use.


The steps to follow for Pool opening.

1. Before reconnecting all your equipment, first, remove most of the dead leaves from the bottom of the water with a net. If you put a tarp to cover, there will be less to pick up, which of course lighten the strain.

2. Next, you have to clean the dark rings that have formed around the pool. There are special products for this. If you have any questions, please contact us to know more about our selection of products.

3. When we have removed most of the dead leaves and other dirt in your water, simply remove the wintering covers and reconnect all items removed in the fall (such as pump and filter).

4. It is necessary to raise the level of the water to the maximum so that it reaches the top of the skimmer, it is important that we do not see the jet of water.

5. Once the pool is full, a first vacuum must be passed in the DRAIN position or "WASTE" to get dirty water out of the pool, we don't want to allow algae to form in your filter. To prevent the water level from dropping too quickly, simply put the garden hose in the pool and fill with water at the same time as cleaning is completed.

6. Let the water circulate for 24 hours and perform the first analysis of your parameters. Depending on the result, it will suffice to make a shock treatment to lighten your water. This treatment can change from one year to another, depending on the quality and color of the water, so do not hesitate to talk to our specialists.

7. Regardless of the treatment, you should always make sure that the pH of the pool water is as close as possible to 7.5. This maximizes the power of your disinfectant and is more comfortable for your bather. To do this, it is important to understand how the adjustment products reacts. When doing your shock treatment, it is very important to respect the time, the order and the quantities of products required, because if you do not, you may have to start the treatment several times before having a water clear allowing you to swim. 

8. When the pool opening is complete and the water is clear, backwash the filter and clean the filter (if you have a sand filter). Once done, restart the systems.

9. Once the circulation of the water is put back in place, it is necessary to carry out an analysis again, according to the results, it could be to adjust its alkalinity and its hardness using products. You will also need to stabilize and treat your water using the pool stabilizer, following the instructions you have been recommended.

10. When the test results show that your water is stable, you can start regular maintenance and enjoy the joy of having a pool at home.


At Refecto Aquatique, we have been an expert in the field for over a decade. We will be happy to see with you how the opening of a swimming pool or the renovation of a pool can be done at home.

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