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    Best month to open my pool

    I'm considering opening my in ground pool within the next few weeks before the green stuff gets a chance to grow. Current temps are highs in the 50s and 60s with lows in the 40s and 50s. It does not appear that we will have any more hard freezes below 30. I live in NW Arkansas. Any advice? When do most folks open their pools in the south? I have usually opened in May and have to fight algae for two weeks.
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    Re: Best month to open my pool

    Here in NC I'm already starting to see some algae creeping up and am having to turn people's SWG's back on. I'm starting to make phone calls this week. We're at about the same temp, but we ran a bit of a fever a few weeks back (highs around 80) and I think that's what got things going.

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    Re: Best month to open my pool

    Instead of air temperature, you might look at water temp to decide when to open the pool. Algae growth is really low below a water temp of 50 degrees so if you open before 50, you will probably catch it in time.
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    Re: Best month to open my pool

    I'm already thinking of opening mine. I say go for it, it will be warmer where you are sooner than here!
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    Re: Best month to open my pool

    We are in the process of opening our up now. We did have an algae bloom a month or so ago but I think it was because of all the leaves in the pool this year. Once I got those out ( more are in there now though ) and poured a bottle of bleach in it was clear in a day or so.

    I did do a water test 2 weeks or so and we will need to top off our CYA as it dropped during the winter. Other than that we are eager to get going this year !!

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    Quote Originally Posted by frustratedpoolmom
    I'm already thinking of opening mine. I say go for it, it will be warmer where you are sooner than here!
    You and me both! I am getting so excited!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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    Re: Best month to open my pool

    me too (in ohio)...I'm thinking end of the month during spring break. My son asks everyday "can we swim today"


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    Re: Best month to open my pool

    One thing that I am holding off on is this...I would like to open up but we can still get some killer cold snaps in March and April...it would not be too uncommon to hit the low 20s at night in the early parts of April...Also...what do people do with the maple seeds (helicopters) in mid to late May...do you just let them fall and clean up as it comes..or do people put leaf nets on pools until after that period. I had a huge problem with them last year. What a mess.
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    Re: Best month to open my pool

    I have a huge pin oak that lets these fuzzy strings loose in May and I just deal with it. If I run my pump through the day, I have DH empty the skimmer basket every few hours until I can tend with it. That's all he has to do, I do the rest.

    I'd rather look at the crystal clear water than a black cover any day, even if it is too cold to swim. 8)

    I will probably take off our cover mid April and hook r' up. CAN'T WAIT!
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    Re: Best month to open my pool

    I get the fuzzy things too, and the poplar pods. PITA!

    I opened late April last year, was too early. I'm going to open mid May this year.
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    Re: Best month to open my pool

    Quote Originally Posted by frustratedpoolmom
    I'm already thinking of opening mine. I say go for it, it will be warmer where you are sooner than here!
    I'm in the Chicago suburbs and I opened mine last Tuesday!! It's been 50's or so but we cranked the heat to 85-88 and have been enjoying it.

    We just had it put in last fall so we couldn't wait to get more use out of it. It helps that we have an auto-cover to help keep the heat in.
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    Re: Best month to open my pool

    mnb,

    Welcome!
    I'm in the Chicago suburbs and I opened mine last Tuesday!! It's been 50's or so but we cranked the heat to 85-88 and have been enjoying it.
    Wow! That's pretty close to a giant hot tub!! I am jealous!
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    Re: Best month to open my pool

    Quote Originally Posted by duraleigh
    mnb,

    Welcome!
    I'm in the Chicago suburbs and I opened mine last Tuesday!! It's been 50's or so but we cranked the heat to 85-88 and have been enjoying it.
    Wow! That's pretty close to a giant hot tub!! I am jealous!
    Thanks. I guess it is pretty much a giant hot tub at this point.

    You should see the steam rising when we have the cover off!
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    Re: Best month to open my pool

    Quote Originally Posted by cubbybeave08
    One thing that I am holding off on is this...I would like to open up but we can still get some killer cold snaps in March and April...it would not be too uncommon to hit the low 20s at night in the early parts of April...Also...what do people do with the maple seeds (helicopters) in mid to late May...do you just let them fall and clean up as it comes..or do people put leaf nets on pools until after that period. I had a huge problem with them last year. What a mess.
    We have a huge problem with maple seeds as well. Last year I just skimmed them out religiously. This year, I'm considering putting my solar cover on under my mesh safety cover and trying that. I'm just not sure how effective the solar will be that way...
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    I would say mid May would be a safe bet to open. Enjoy! 8)
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    Re: Best month to open my pool

    Quote Originally Posted by robrinker
    . This year, I'm considering putting my solar cover on under my mesh safety cover and trying that. I'm just not sure how effective the solar will be that way...
    That's what I did last weekend. I'm curious to see if it helps any. I opened mine about 3/15 last year. That was my first year of opening it. All of the oak things hit in early April. I promised myself last year that I wasn't going to take the mesh cover off for good until after tax day. I have the SWG going at about 50% for 2 hrs per day now, and that's all I'm doing.
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    Re: Best month to open my pool

    I checked my water yesterday.
    FC : 2
    CC : .5
    CYA : 30
    Temp 50

    My water is still below the skimmer, the cover still on. To stop the algea from getting out of hand before opening, I slipped a floater under the cover with 3 pucks set on slow release.

    Hopefully this will be OK until next month. The CYA would come up some, but since I have to add more water anyway.....

    What are your thoughts on this?
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    Re: Best month to open my pool

    What are your thoughts on this?
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    Probably fine. My only concern might be the release of concentrated chlorine in an uncirculated pool. I doubt that it will have any adverse affect but I would check in the first few days for any sign of bleaching.

    If I used a cover, I think I would do the same thing except I might use Clorox because it disperses in the pool more easily.
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    Re: Best month to open my pool

    Quote Originally Posted by dayhiker
    Quote Originally Posted by robrinker
    . This year, I'm considering putting my solar cover on under my mesh safety cover and trying that. I'm just not sure how effective the solar will be that way...
    That's what I did last weekend. I'm curious to see if it helps any. I opened mine about 3/15 last year. That was my first year of opening it. All of the oak things hit in early April. I promised myself last year that I wasn't going to take the mesh cover off for good until after tax day. I have the SWG going at about 50% for 2 hrs per day now, and that's all I'm doing.
    I bought a poolskim and it was the best thing I ever did. I get bombarded with the helicopters all summer. It sucks them right up. I rarely have to skim.

    ETA: Last year I was open in early April because I had to get a new liner. I bought the poolskim in May, I believe. It makes a HUGE difference with the helicopters and leaves.
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    Re: Best month to open my pool

    Okay, I went out and bought a submersible pump yesterday and am currently draining the 2,000 gallons of rainwater off my cover....

    Can't wait for warm weather!!!!
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