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How to Open your In-Ground Pool after Winter.

One of the most popular questions that we get here is 'how do I open up my pool in the spring?'  Below is a step by step procedure to do just that. 



A. Remove all water and debris from the top of the cover. A submersible pump works well to remove the water, but you will need to skim off any debris. You may need to tie the pump to the diving board so it does not lie on the cover.


B. One way to help remove the water from the cover is by filling the pool underneath the cover using a garden hose. By doing this, the water on the cover will be raised up and the sun and wind will help to evaporate the standing water. When you use a cover pump to remove standing water, be careful because not all covers are waterproof and you don’t want to pump your pool water out.

C. Be sure to scrub both sides of your cover with Cover Cleaner & Deodorizer. When using this product, it is okay to put the cover away damp. Also, clean your water tubes; this will help them last longer. Throw away any water tubes that did not hold water – they are difficult to repair and only have a 9-month warranty.

D. Check your winter cover for any necessary repairs, and make them at this time.

 We have vinyl repair kits or the woven patches for the blue/black covers. On vinyl covers you need to clean the area to be repaired with rubbing alcohol before using the adhesive.


A. Loosen all anchors with provided tool.

B. Snap off the cover and remove it from the pool. Clean both sides of the cover, and air dry (this will take approximately a 1/2 hour). Store the cover in the storage bag provided with the cover.

C. Replace any broken springs or straps (the straps can be repaired at any tent and awning store). We do have small pieces of material if you need some for your repairs.

D. Keep in mind that as stated in the manufacturer’s warranty, a cover must never be below 18 inches from the top of the deck for the warranty to be valid.


A. If there is a water line on your pool walls, you will need to scrub it off before you bring up the water level. We suggest that you use Pool Surface Cleaner, BioClean, or Clean & Perfect for vinyl pools.

B. For plaster pools, if the above cleaners do not remove the water line, you may need to use a mild solution of muriatic acid. The recipe for this is 1 part acid to 3 parts water. You should always add acid to water, never the other way around. Pour the mixture down the wall or step area that has become stained. After the pool is started, you will need to get your water tested so you can adjust the pH (which will have gone down as a result of the acid).

C. It may be a good idea to remove the plugs at this time so you do not have to put your hands into icy cold water. Most vinyl liner pools have two returns on either side of the skimmer. Take these two plugs out, and you should have adjustable eyeball inlet fittings to put back into your return holes. They should be installed so that the water is being pushed toward the skimmer opening. There is always the possibility that the winterizing plugs fell out when the weather began to warm up. If this has happened, you will just need to pick them up off the bottom of the pool with your leaf skimmer or vacuum head. Inspect these plugs to see if they have become hard over the years. If this has happened, replace them. They are not expensive, and are very important in keeping the water out of your under ground piping during the winter months.

D. Pool lights may be taken out for the winter months. If you are able to, you may want to attempt to reinstall it at this point. Keep in mind that underwater lights are water-cooled and must never be turned on out of the water.

E. If you have an attached therapy spa to your pool, there will be winterizing plugs or corks in the inlets. These also need to be removed.



I. Remove winterizing plugs and gizzmo

II. Check skimmer weir (replace or repair if necessary).

III. Install float plate – teardrop should be 3/4 open.

IV. Install skimmer basket.

V. Install skimmer lid


I. Place dial valve or push/pull valve in back wash position

II. Put pressure gauge back

III. Install filter plug

IV. Check filter sand: Either clean it or change it (whatever you find is necessary.)


I. Make sure your elements are cleaned.

II. Reinstall your pressure gauge and air relief valve.

III. Close gate valve.

IV. Make sure all bolts and clamps are secure.


I. Install your drain plugs (check the O-rings on these).

II. Install the pump basket (twist and lock).

III. Grease the lid O-ring with Magic Lube.

IV. If you have just moved into the house, have anything electrical checked by a licensed electrician.


I. Hook up the pressure switch with the threaded coupler.

II. Make sure the pop off valve is shut and the faucet valve is closed.

Laars Heaters have 2 petcocks that need to be turned down.

7 IG Opening Instructions Beattie Master Pool & Spa 2009


I. With the Caretaker Self Cleaning System or the Swimquip water valves, you will need to remove the plugs and put the unit back together


I. If you have a two-line system, the lines should be marked – Main Drain & Skimmer: righty tighty, lefty loosy. Both valves should be now be moved to an “open” position.


I. To turn these valves on, the handle should be turned the same way as the pipe.


I. Make sure all lines have been reattached from the winter shut down. Check the O-rings to make sure they are greased and in good condition. The cartridge for the Visipure Unit needs to be replaced every season.


1. Put the valve on backwash position so that all of the anti-freeze will be flushed to waste before starting the system for the season.

2. Have your pool water filled 3/4 of the way up on the skimmer housing.

3. Fill the pump trap with water and turn the power on.

4. If the above does not work, follow these instructions: You have two holes in your skimmer body. The hole nearest the pool is your main drain line, and the hole furthest away from the pool is your suction or skimmer line going back to the pump. Take your garden hose with a small towel wrapped around it to make a tight fit and stick it down the suction hole for 5 minutes. After those 5 minutes, pull out the hose and towel (you don’t want the towel to be sucked into the skimmer) and turn on then the power. The pressure should start coming up. Bleed air on the filter if necessary.


1. If you are filling the pool with well water, use 1 liter of Metal Free and circulate for 24 hours before adding the chlorine.

2. For most in-ground pools:

8 or more gallons of liquid chlorine

1 quart of Beattie Algaecide 50 or 60

1 quart of water clarifier, if necessary

3. Let your pump run for at least 48 hours, and then bring a water sample into our store for a free complete water test.

Take an inventory of the things you will need to start your in-ground pool:

¬ Telescopic Pole

¬ Leaf Skimmer

¬ Leaf Net

¬ Leaf Bagger

¬ Vacuum Head

¬ Vacuum Hose

¬ Vacuum Plate

¬ Wall Brush

¬ Test Kit or Strips

¬ Pool Chemicals

¬ Filter Cleaner

¬ Cover Cleaner & Deodorizer

¬ Pool Surface Cleaner, BioClean, or Clean & Perfect


¬ Acid Wash Brush for Cleaning Deck Area




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