The Essential Pool Opening Guide for Long Island Residents

a blog by James

As the days lengthen and the weather warms up on Long Island, it’s time to think about opening your pool for the summer. Preparing your pool for the season is crucial not only for the longevity of your pool but also for the safety and enjoyment of all who dive in. Here’s a detailed, step-by-step guide provided by Big Becks Pools & Pavers, your trusted Long Island pool service professionals, to help you efficiently and effectively get your pool summer-ready.

Step 1: Uncover and Clean Your Pool Cover

Begin by carefully removing the pool cover. It’s likely collected water, debris, and dirt over the winter, so cleaning it before storage is crucial. Lay it out flat, wash with a hose, and use a cleaner specifically designed for pool covers. Allow it to dry completely to prevent mildew before folding and storing it away.

Step 2: Clean and Inspect the Pool

With the cover off, remove any debris in the pool with a net. Next, thoroughly brush and vacuum the sides and bottom to remove algae and settled debris. This initial cleaning is critical for a smooth opening process. Inspect the pool for any visible damage or wear, such as cracks in the liner or tile and ensure everything is in good repair.

Step 3: Refill the Pool to the Proper Level

Over the winter, it’s normal for water levels to drop. Before turning on any equipment, make sure your pool’s water level is back to normal, typically at the center of your pool’s skimmer.

Step 4: Reconnect and Check Your Pool Equipment

Reconnect all pool equipment that may have been disconnected over the winter, including pumps, filters, and heaters. Ensure there are no leaks and that all connections are secure. It’s a good time to lubricate o-rings and seals and replace any that are worn out to ensure a tight seal.

Step 5: Prime the Pump and Start the Filter System

Prime the pump by filling the pump basket with water before starting it. This prevents dry runs that could damage your pump. Once primed, start your filter system. Check for smooth operation and listen for any unusual noises that could indicate a problem.

Step 6: Balance Your Pool Chemicals

Testing and balancing your pool water is perhaps the most critical step in the pool opening process. Use a reliable testing kit to check your pool’s pH, alkalinity, and sanitizer levels. Long Island residents often deal with acidic rainfall which can affect pool pH levels. Ideally, maintain a pH between 7.2 and 7.6. Adjust chemicals as needed to achieve the correct balance:

  • pH Levels: Use pH increasers or decreasers.
  • Alkalinity: Maintain between 80 and 120 ppm to help stabilize pH levels.
  • Sanitizer Levels: Chlorine or bromine should be adjusted to maintain clean and clear water.

Step 7: Run the Filter and Check for Clarity

After balancing your pool, run the filter continuously for at least 24-48 hours. This will help circulate the chemicals and clear up any remaining cloudiness. After this initial period, check the water clarity and chemical levels again. Make any necessary adjustments.

Step 8: Schedule an Inspection (Optional)

For peace of mind, consider scheduling a professional inspection with Big Becks Pools & Pavers. We can help ensure that everything from your pool’s structural integrity to its filtration system is in top-notch condition, ready for the summer.


Opening your pool on Long Island doesn’t have to be daunting. By following these steps, you ensure a safe, clean, and enjoyable environment for all your summer activities. Remember, regular maintenance and timely checks can significantly extend the life of your pool and enhance your swimming experience. Ready to dive into the summer? Contact Big Becks Pools & Pavers for all your pool needs—from opening to regular maintenance and beyond.