A Handy Checklist for Your Spring Pool Opening

A Handy Checklist for Your Spring Pool Opening

As the air outside begins to turn from cool and crisp to warm and inviting, many people have getting their pool ready for spring on their minds. Below is a quick maintenance checklist to help ensure your pool starts out clean and efficient and stays crystal clear all season long.

Step 1: Remove & Store the Pool Cover

Get rid of any debris or water that may be sitting on top of your winter cover. Clean the cover, allow it to fully dry, and then stow it away until next winter.

Step 2: Remove Debris

With a skimmer net or leaf rake, remove any leaves or other pieces of debris from the pool water. For silt, sludge, or other debris that has sunken to the bottom of the pool, use the vacuum or automatic pool cleaner.

Step 3: Check Your Equipment

Springtime pool maintenance is a great time to give your equipment a good, thorough check to ensure it’s all ready for the upcoming swim season. Take a close look at the:

  • Skimmer
  • Returns
  • Hoses
  • Any fittings
  • Your pump
  • Filtration system (if using a sand filter, top it off with the appropriate kind of medium if necessary and for DE or cartridge filters, furnish this equipment with the necessary refills)
  • Heater

Be on the lookout for any signs of wear and tear, hairline cracks, or other damage and repair or replace as necessary.

Step 4: Attach Your Equipment

Hook up any hoses, fittings and components.

Step 5: Check Your Water Levels

Your pool should be filled at least to mid-skimmer level prior to you turning on your filtration system. Do a walk around and look for any signs of leakage, paying particular attention to the fittings and hoses before turning on your system, and again afterwards.

Step 6: Check Your Pool Water

The final essential check: your pool water chemistry. This includes testing the pool’s total alkalinity, pH, and cyanuric acid levels prior to adding chemicals to balance the pool to determine how much of what chemical is needed.

Following these essential steps will allow you to have a smooth swim season and minimize any maintenance problems that might arise as you put your pool to more use. Any problem you ignore now will only become worse and the beginning of spring is the time to take care of them.

If you have any questions, check out the FAQ section on our website and don’t hesitate to give us a call at either our Knoxville (865-584-3607) or Lenoir City (865-986-4412) locations. And, of course, if you’d rather not deal with any of it and just focus on enjoying your pool, we can take care of all your pool maintenance needs for you.



Tony Campbell is a second-generation pool company owner and opened Campbell’s Pool and Spas in 1994 after years of working and learning side-by-side with his father. For over 20 years, Campbell’s Pool and Spas has provided unsurpassed service to residents in Knoxville, Lenoir City, Jefferson City, Oak Ridge and all over East Tennessee. The Campbell’s Pool and Spa team is dedicated to providing every single customer with the best experience possible from initial consultation to project completion, and continued stellar service for years to come.

Campbell’s Pool and Spa has been recognized many times over the years for superior design and are A+ rated by the Better Business Bureau. They also sell and service hot tubs, swim spas, and above ground pools. For more information, call 865-584-3607, visit their website at campellspools.com or find them on Facebook and Twitter.

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