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Re-Opening a Pool

How to Re-Open a Swimming Pool

for Summer in Greece and Cyprus

 

from wikiHow - The How to Manual That You Can Edit

This article provides a basic rundown of tips to opening a swimming pool for a new season. This practical advice applies to any swimming pool that fits in the garden of your home living as an ex-pat in the Greek Islands such as Crete, on Mainland Greece or Cyprus. This is general advice for re-opening your pool. It is a good idea to check over your landscaping, outdoor buildings, walls fences and decks to maintain an eco-friendly environment through long dry summers.

 

Practical Advice - Steps

  1. Step 1: Drain water from top of of pool cover and remove leaves and debris.
  2. Step 2: Inspect filter and pump for any damaged/worn parts.
  3. Step 3: Remove winter plugs and re-assemble pump, filter, and heater.
  4. Step 4: Change or clean filter media if needed.
  5. Step 5: Fill pool with cover still on to raise water level.
  6. Step 6: Purchase new parts, chemicals, and supplies for the season.
  7. Step 7: Take cover off, hose off and store. (do not leave cover laying on grass - it will kill grass).
  8. Step 8: Clean debris from bottom of pool with leaf bag.
  9. Step 9: Shock pool, scrub sides.
  10. Step 10: Run Filter continuously for 24 hrs, backwashing as needed (backwash or clean the filter each time the pressure rises 10 psi) to keep filter media clean.
  11. Step 11: Shut pump off to allow dead algae to settle overnight. Vacuum the algae to waste the next day and begin filtering again.
  12. (Repeat steps 9-11 until water clears).
  13. Step 12: Adjust chlorine levels to maintain 1.0-2.0ppm and pH to 7.2-7.6.
  14. Step 13: Add algaecide and monitor pool every week for chlorine use, pH and clarity. Adjust filtering times, you may only need to filter 6-10 hrs a day for the rest of the summer.

Useful Tip

  • Removing leaves and debris from cover is easier if a leaf net is used over the pool cover.

This practical advice applies to any swimming pool that fits in the garden of your home living as an ex-pat in the Greek Islands such as Crete, on Mainland Greece or Cyprus. Not just the swimming pool needs looking at. So does the landscaping, outdoor buildings, walls fences and decks to maintain an eco-friendly environment, to be pleasing to look at throughout the long hot summer.

This is a re-worked article tailor made for the BritsinCrete audience and living on one of the Greek Islands such as Crete or mainland Greece/Cyprus as an ex-pat. Original Author credits are found at the original wikiHow article on How to Open a Swimming Pool. All content on wikiHow can be shared under a Creative Commons license.

Further reading on swimming pools if you plan to rent out your property in Crete to be found on our "Getting a Greek Government approved EOT License" page.

Experiences of foreign residents of Building Swimming Pools in Greece and their comments as well as advice from Brits in Crete.