Opening Your Pool

Step 1 Remove Your Pool Cover
If you have a winter cover, be sure to drain as much of the water sitting on top of the cover as possible before removing it. Once the cover is off, use IDEAL Stain & Scale Magic to prevent staining and scale on pool surfaces.

Step 2 Have Your Fill Water Tested
By first testing your fill water, your IDEAL dealer can warn you of possible problems before they occur. Be sure to bring a sample back to your dealer once you’ve filled the pool as well.

Step 3 Add Water
Add enough fresh water to your pool to bring the water level to the desired height.

Step 4 Check Your Pool’s Equipment & Plumbing
Before starting your pump and filter system be sure all lines are open. Make sure the pump and skimmer baskets are in place and free of debris. Follow manufacturer’s guidelines for starting up your heater, filter and pump. Finally, always start the season with a clean filter. IDEAL Filter Cleaner dissolves oil, hair and scale from sand, diatomaceous earth and cartridge filters.

Step 5 Remove Debris from Pool Bottom
Remove leaves, twigs and other large debris from the pool’s bottom using a Leaf Rake. If you can’t see the pool bottom it is important that you perform this step especially well. Because chlorine shock seeks out contaminants to oxidize, leaves will consume much of the chlorine residual. A cloudy pool which is free of debris is much easier to clear up and shock treatment is much more effective.

Step 6 Start Your Filtration System & Vacuum
Once your pool is full, start the filter and circulate the water. This will help your filter remove small particles. Then hook up your vacuum system and manually vacuum the entire pool and brush the walls useing IDEAL Tile & Vinyl Cleaner.

Step 7 Shock Your Pool
When the pool is free of debris and has re-circulated overnight, shock treat the water by adding 1 pound of IDEAL Sure Shock, or IDEAL Non-Chlorine Oxidizing Shock, or IDEAL Fast Shock, or Multi-Shock per 10, 000 gallons. Be sure to follow the label directions for the proper way to introduce the shock treatment to your pool.

Step 8 Stabilize Your Pool Water
Pool water needs to be stabilized or “conditioned” to prevent the rapid loss of chlorine by the sun’s U.V. rays. Add the recommended amount of IDEAL Stabilizer by dissolving it in a bucket of water before adding it to the pool. This will help reduce chlorine usage throughout the season.

Step 9 Chlorinate Your Pool
Now you can chlorinate your pool with one of IDEAL Stabilized Chlorine Products. When starting up your pool for the season, use twice the normal dosage indicated for your pool’s capacity or use an automatic feeder. Allow pool water to re-circulate overnight.

Step 10 Prevent Algae
By adding IDEAL Algaecide 60 or IDEAL Algaecide 30 or IDEAL Algae Killer algaecide, you not only kill existing algae but also prevent algae from entering your pool.