How to get your pool ready for summer (while it's still winter!)

Summer is coming, we promise!

While it’s a little too early to open your pool, we believe it's never too early to start planning. The more preparations you do now, the sooner you'll be able to open the pool when temperatures finally begin to rise.

Remember: it's a good idea to wait until daytime temperatures are consistently reaching 70 degrees before you open your pool. In our region, temps can still drop below freezing well into March. So, in general, most swimming pool openings shouldn't begin until April.

That said, now is a good time to make sure you have all the right chemicals and supplies. Here's a quick list of steps you can take now, long before you open the pool.

  1. Take inventory of your pool supplies.
    By now, your pool has been closed for several months. So you've probably forgotten what supplies you have or maybe even where they are. If temperatures aren't too frigid outside, then it's a good time to explore your pool shed and take stock of what you have.
  2. Stock up on what you need.
    Head over to any Crystal Pools location to grab the items you need. We've got all-in-one Pool Opening Start-Up Kits, or you can choose from individual supplies like tablet chlorine, granular shock, pH increasers and reducers, filters, filter cleaners, water test kits, liner cleaners and more.
  3. Organize all your supplies.
    Where are the drain plugs? What happened to the skimmer basket? One of the most common frustrations when opening the swimming pool is not being able to find the supplies that you know you have. That's when the pool opening turns from a relatively easy task to an all-weekend job. You can save yourself a ton of trouble by finding and organizing all your pool supplies now. If you've just stocked up on supplies, put them in a clean, neat and well-organized area, so you don't have to go searching for anything on pool opening day.
  4. Clean ladders, boards and other accessories.
    If you didn't do this last fall, now's the perfect time. Give a good cleaning to all your various pool accessories, like floats, ladders, handrails, diving boards and pool fountains. That will save you some steps on pool opening day, so you can install them right away.
  5. Review our Pool Opening Checklists. 
    If you plan to open your pool by yourself, now is a good time to refresh your memory on everything you need to do, so there are no surprises on pool opening day. 
    Here are all the steps you'll need to follow: 
    In-Ground Pool Opening Guide 
    Above-Ground Pool Opening Guide

Remember, the more steps you can do now, the more time you'll save for when it's time to open the pool. You've still got several weeks. So start planning now and keep those warm thoughts of summer!