How to Open Your Above Ground Pool

Step-by-Step instructions by the Pool Factory on how to open your swimming pool and how to chemically treat your swimming pool water.

How to Open Your Above Ground Pool

To open your above ground pool you will need the following pool supplies (see below). The following instructions below have been provided by The Pool Factory’s Above Ground Pool Experts.

Here are simple and easy to follow instructions for helping you prepare your swimming pool and chemically treat your swimming pool water for the upcoming season. These instructions apply to both above ground pools and semi inground pools.


Pool Shock


Pool Algaecide


Chlorine Stabilizer


Alkalinity Increaser & Decreaser


PH Plus & PH Minus


Filter Media


Pool Test Kit



Steps to Open your Swimming Pool

Step 1

Remove the swimming pool cover.

Step 2

Connect your filter system to your swimming pool.

Step 3

Remove skimmer plate from the skimmer opening along the swimming pool wall and remove the winter plug from the pool return opening.

Step 4

Review the pool water level and add water to the swimming pool (if necessary).

Step 5

Perform a quick scrub of the inner pool walls as well as vacuum the swimming pool.

Step 6

Test the swimming pool’s water total Alkalinity Levels (adjust if necessary).

Step 7

Test the swimming pool’s water PH Level (adjust if necessary).

Step 8

Add swimming pool shock at a rate of 1 pound of powder per 5,000 gallons of pool water.

Step 9

Add pool algaecide at a rate of 12 ounces per 5,000 gallons of pool water.

Step 10

After allowing the chlorine level to decrease from shock, (use test kit to make sure chlorine level is in the safe range) add a chlorine stabilizer at a rate of 1 LB per 5,000 gallons of pool water.

Step 11

Add extra concentrated chlorine at a rate of 1 OZ. per 5,000 gallons per day.

Following the instructions above on how to open your above ground pool should get your swimming pool ready for the season to come. Should you have any questions during this process please contact us and our pool experts will get back to you as soon as possible.

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