The best time to open your pool

Posted on 13-03-2011 by Frank Christiana

The time of year to say goodbye to winter and Hello to warmer weather is almost here. But, some people wonder when the best time to open one's swimming pool is. There is an ongoing debate regarding when is too early and when is too late., but there are some general rules one can follow.

The answer to this question depends drastically on the region in which one's swimming pool is located.

A general rule of thumb to follow is that when it is in the 70s during the day consistently it is the best time to open your pool. The temperature of water can determine whether or not algae can grow in your pool. If your pool is uncovered or if you have a winter cover that allows sunlight to penetrate then the outside weather will dictate the temperature of your pool. So, if you wait too long to open it you might find yourself with a mountain of work to do before it is in swimmable condition. Consider that algae starts to grow in 65 degree weather so it is best to try to stay on top of the potential algae problem. Even though the old suggestions were to open your pool before Memorial Day and to close it after Labor Day you should consider this modern piece of advice. If you want to open your pool quite a bit before Memorial day, you can of course do that with the help of solar heat or a heat pump. 

Pool algae is the reason to be sure and open only a couple of weeks before you want to swim in it. If you have one of those mesh covers that allows sunlight you may find yourself opening green instead of clean. In the northeast, April is generally regarded as the best time to open one's pool, but the exact time will vary depending on your location.

Open and circulating pool water is not affected by pollen, but those that are not circulated (such as unopened pools) will have to worry about this added nuisance before the swimming can begin. Consider the expense when it comes to opening your pool as well. You might think that you would have to spend a lot more to keep it open, but in reality if you have your own pump you will not be paying very much. Consider that you may need to buy extra chemicals and cleaners if your pool is unopened and that would easily offset the cost of an early pool opening. 

Spring time, such as in April is a great time to have access to your pool. If at all possible you should try to take advantage of your backyard investment and use your pool as much as possible. Having your pool open can be both a beautiful and beneficial thing as long as you are careful and sure to open it at just the right time.

If you need help determining when is the best time to open YOUR pool, please contact the Liner Specialists. We'd be happy to advise and assist you with your pool opening! 

 

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