Opening Your Pool This Spring in Michigan

*Revision note 2017: Viscount West is now Sunny’s Pools & More*

When the weather gives in and you get ready to open your pool for the spring in Livonia, MI Monroe, Mich. or other surrounding Michigan cities, do you know all the necessary steps to take? Whether you’re a relatively new pool-owner or someone who would just like some refreshing, Viscount West is here to help!

  • Once you remove your pool cover and clear it of any debris, use a submersible pump to pump off any remaining water if you use a solid cover. But be careful if your cover has a hole in it because you will be pumping water out of the pool, which could call for a pool draining. Make sure you then clean your cover, give it time to dry, and store it for next winter.
  • Add water using a garden hose or other water supply so that the water level of your semi-inground or above ground pool in Monroe or Livonia MI is at its normal level.
  • Make sure your filter system is thoroughly cleaned and then start it up. You first must prime your pump, then you can start your motor and begin purging air from the plumbing. Since air will be compressed during this process, you’ll want to let any pressure that has built up out so that it is released before you open your filter or pump.
  • Next you’ll want to inspect your above ground or semi inground pool in Livonia or Monroe, MIswimming-pool-314482-m for leaks. If you do notice leakage, be sure to make a note of that and turn the pump off until you can fix it. If not, let the pump continue to run as you would.
  • Once you vacuum all the dirt, sand, or other debris that has built up, it’s time to check the water chemistry. Before you add chlorine, allow the water to circulate for at least eight hours. After that, you can test the water and add the chemicals it needs to make sure water chemistry is balanced.
  • Now you can add any ladders, handrails or lighting you have for your swimming pool in Monroe or Livonia MI and then set the pool timer. Remember that the water needs to be circulated at least 6-10 hours a day (contingent on how big or small your pool is).
  • Finally, we recommend cleaning your tile lines with pool tile cleaner or baking soda and a sponge and avoiding household cleaners that could add extra unsafe chemicals to your pool.

If it’s chemicals that’s holding you back from cruising through this checklist, then contact Viscount West and we can take care of that for you in no time. We’re the ones to call when you prepare to open up your semi-inground or above ground pool this spring in Monroe, Livonia or other surrounding Metro Detroit cities! Just give us a call at 734-261-8580 (Livonia) or 734-242-8877 (Monroe).