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Swimming Pool Openings

When the winter is over, it is time to open your swimming pool and get ready for summer. Just like swimming pool closings, swimming pool openings can be very difficult, and less experienced companies can cause severe damage to your pool if they perform the opening incorrectly. Your pool has been sitting for months with a cover over it, but the pool will still have plenty of grit grime inside. There have been plenty of cases where we open up a pool for the season and find unfortunate animals inside that found their way in. These are reason you should always leave procedures such as swimming pool openings up to professionals.

Proper Procedure for Swimming Pool Openings:

***Please DO NOT use this procedure list as a guide to perform swimming pool openings or swimming pool closings by yourself. This should be left to a professional pool company. Danna Pools Inc. cannot be held responsible for any damage done to any swimming pools, by the owner or anyone else, while performing the following procedure***

  • Take winter safety cover off pool

In order to properly perform swimming pool openings, the winter safety cover needs to be removed.

  • Unplug plumbing lines and force anti-freeze out of plumbing line using pressurized air

Forcing the anti-freeze out of the plumbing before you clean will prevent having to go back and clean the walls of the pool later.

  • Spray down the sides of the pool with water while pumping out any water and debris in the bottom of the pool

Cleaning the walls before you perform the chemical wash is very important. Remove as much dirt and debris as possible in order to properly clean the walls with chlorine or acid.

  • Lightly wash was with liquid chlorine or muriatic acid

The chemical was ensures that the pool walls are as clean as possible when you are ready to swim. Any stains or unwanted debris will most likely be removed during this process.

  • Clean winter safety cover, fold it up, and store for next winter

The cover will be in storage for many months, so making sure it is as clean as possible is very important to keep it working optimally for many years.

  • Fill pool

In order to swim, you will need water in the pool. You can either use water from your hose, or a water truck. We advise not to use well water because of the amount of iron and rust in the water.

  • After pool is filled, start the pool system and enjoy!

Upon finishing swimming pool openings, make sure you contact Danna Pools Inc. for weekly maintenance (Click here for more information on Swimming Pool Maintenance) in order to keep your pool looking beautiful all summer long!

Swimming Pool Closings

Most of our customers understand that Chicago winters can be very damaging to many things, especially their gunite swimming pools (Click here for more information on Gunite Pools). This is why we close down our customer’s pools every winter. The ice, cold, and snow can do a lot of damage to the pool system and other things such as the structure, plaster, and even the tile (Click here for more information on Swimming Pool Tile). If your current pool company is not experienced in closing down swimming pools for the winter, they can be doing more damage than they think. Without proper procedure, the plumbing could end up freezing and cracking when the temperature gets too cold, costing you thousands in the spring in order to fix them.

Proper Procedure for Swimming Pool Closings:

***Please DO NOT use this procedure list as a guide to perform swimming pool openings or swimming pool closings by yourself. This should be left to a professional pool company. Danna Pools Inc. cannot be held responsible for any damage done to any swimming pools, by the owner or anyone else, while performing the following procedures***

  • Turn off pool system

Turning off your system ensures that any work about to take place, will not have a negative effect of the pools pump, filter, or heater.

  • Drain pool water down below the return lines

Making sure that the water line is below the pipes in the pool is extremely important! If water gets back into the pipes somehow, you could be facing thousands of dollars in repair costs because the plumbing could freeze over the winter. Unlike swimming pool openings, the water only needs to be below the plumbing for this step, not completely drained.

  • Fill all pool plumbing with adequate amount of anti-freeze

This prevents any freezing inside the underground plumbing during the winter.

  • Plug all plumbing lines in order to keep anti-freeze inside the pipes

The plugs need to be tight enough so they don’t leak any anti-freeze out.

  • Cover pool with winter safety cover

Winter safety covers help prevent any debris from getting into the pool during the winter months, especially animals, leaves, or large amounts of snow and ice (Click here for more information on Swimming Pool Covers).

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