Opening your backyard swimming pool for the season takes more than filling it up and jumping in. Larry Biscornet, president of LBI Swimming Pools in New Rochelle, N.Y., has been in the swimming pool business for 50 years, and he knows the importance of opening a pool correctlyboth for the health of the swimmers and the pool. “If a swimming pool is opened properly, you can be assured of proper operation and chemical safety,” he says. Here’s your eight-step guide to getting ready for lazy summer afternoons.
1. Don’t Empty Your Pool
First, Biscornet says, never empty your swimming pool, even if you live in a really cold climate, unless you have no other choice, such as if you need to do structural work or your pool hasn’t been covered and there are too many leaves at the bottom to remove. (Also: Get a cover. Really.) That’s because draining the pool can bring big problems. For example, an empty pool in a high water table can lift out of the ground without the weight of the water holding it down.
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