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Pool Opening and Closing

Whether you’re a first-time pool owner or an experienced hand, our guides on opening and closing help you with all of the questions you might have. Find tips on what chemicals to use, the exact steps, and how to save money by doing it yourself. Hopefully these answers will make the process a little less daunting and more enjoyable!

The Best Winter Pool Covers in 2024 (Inground and Above Ground)

The Best Winter Pool Covers in 2024 (Inground and Above Ground)

We picked the best winter covers that'll keep out dirt and debris, reduce the number of opening chores, and protect the pool from damage.

The Best Pool Cover Pumps For Winter Maintenance in 2024

The Best Pool Cover Pumps For Winter Maintenance in 2024

Using a cover is only half the battle to protect your pool during winter. Use a pool cover pump to keep that cover clean.

11 Off Season Pool Care Tips

11 Off Season Pool Care Tips

Taking care of your pool doesn't end when you put the cover on. Maintain your pool during the winter, and make next season's opening a lot easier.

How to Keep Your Pool Cover From Sagging

How to Keep Your Pool Cover From Sagging

No-nonsense strategies to fix your sagging pool cover, keep it snug, and ensure it doesn't get destroyed over the winter months.

Pool Closing Kits: What Chemicals Do You Actually Need to Close Your Pool?

Pool Closing Kits: What Chemicals Do You Actually Need to Close Your Pool?

Is a pool closing kit worth it? Before you buy one, here's what comes in a kit and which chemicals you actually need to close your pool.

How to Open an Inground Pool in 13 Steps

How to Open an Inground Pool in 13 Steps

Thinking it'd be easier to just leave your pool closed when winter ends? Don't worry. Learn how to open your inground pool and get right back to the fun!

How to Open an Above Ground Pool in 11 Steps

How to Open an Above Ground Pool in 11 Steps

It's pool season again! Open your above ground pool with just a few pieces of equipment, some basic chemicals, and a little elbow grease.

When Is The Right Time To Open Your Pool?

When Is The Right Time To Open Your Pool?

It’s better to open your pool sooner than later. Otherwise, algae could start growing. So here’s the right time to open your pool.

How to Remove Snow From a Pool Cover

How to Remove Snow From a Pool Cover

Snow on your pool cover may look pretty, but too much, and you're just asking for damage to the cover and your pool. It's easy to avoid.

How to Winterize An Above Ground Pool in 11 Steps

How to Winterize An Above Ground Pool in 11 Steps

Think you can just cover your above ground pool, and it'll be fine until spring? Think again. Do just a few more things, and opening will be a breeze.

How to Use a Pool Pillow With Your Winter Cover

How to Use a Pool Pillow With Your Winter Cover

When you close your above ground pool, one tiny piece of equipment can make a huge difference. Don’t close your pool without a pool pillow.

Stress-Free Intex Pool Setup

Stress-Free Intex Pool Setup

Get an Intex pool, they said. Easier than a regular above ground pool, they said. Well, they weren't wrong. You just need some Intex pool setup guidance.

How to Winterize an Intex Pool in 12 Steps

How to Winterize an Intex Pool in 12 Steps

Winterizing an Intex pool is similar to closing an above ground pool, with just a few minor but important differences. Make sure you winterize it correctly.

How to Close An Inground Pool in 9 Steps

How to Close An Inground Pool in 9 Steps

Thinking about not closing your pool in winter because it seems overwhelming? It's not only easy, it's necessary for your pool's—and your—health and safety.

Pool Safety Covers: How to Choose the Right One

Pool Safety Covers: How to Choose the Right One

Mesh or solid? Or maybe the new kid in town: hybrid? Which pool safety cover is right for you and your pool? Find out before you make that investment.

How to Keep Mice Out of Your Pool Heater

How to Keep Mice Out of Your Pool Heater

Keep your pool heater safe from vermin by learning how to keep mice and rodents out of your pool heater so it will warm your water when you need it.