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    Opening a pool late in July

    My husband and I recently bought a house with an in ground vinyl lined pool. We move next week. The pool has yet to be opened this summer. Is it worth it to open it basically just for the month of August (we're in New England, we won't be able to use it much after mid-September), or to leave it closed? Are there any issues we should be on the lookout for if we do decide to open it? Any problems or things we should do if we just keep it closed? We would probably hire someone to come open it for us this first time.

    I'm reading Pool School (twice, three times... going to keep reading until I understand!), have the TF-100 test kit on order and will answer any questions about the pool that I can without actually having access to it (sorry for not having the info in my signature, I'll add it once I can finally GET to the pool to do measurements I'll add it)

    Thanks for your help!
    ~22,000 gallon IG vinyl pool, Hayward 1HP Super Pump, Hayward Pro-Grid DE filter

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    Re: Opening a pool late in July

    Welcome to tfp, JSCarr

    What does the water look like?
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    Re: Opening a pool late in July

    Thanks for the welcome!

    Unfortunately I have no idea what the water looks like . We have no access to the property until next Wednesday, but I figured I'd start looking for advice now so I can get the ball rolling ASAP. The pool is closed using water bags right now. What should I be looking for, is there a best/worst case scenario? Thanks again, I'm really nervous about this!
    ~22,000 gallon IG vinyl pool, Hayward 1HP Super Pump, Hayward Pro-Grid DE filter

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    Re: Opening a pool late in July

    I was thinking if the water was clear, then I would for sure open it, so that you don't get algae. Most likely, from what you are saying the water is not really clear, but if it is covered, it may not have too much junk in it.

    If it was me, I would open soon even if it is a green swamp, since you will eventually have to spend the time to clean it up regardless. So if you clean it up this fall and if you do the winterization correctly (per our instructions) and open early enough next spring, you should not have any/much clean up to repeat then. However, I would wait to start the clean-up until you have your tf-100, other than scooping out debris with a leaf net.
    TFP Expert who uses Pool School and my TF100 test kit along with PoolMath for my: Round 11K gallon AGP with deep end, 20" sand filter, Matrix 1hp 2spd, 6 2ftX20ft solar panels (and solar cover!), Intex SWCG (copper bars disconnected) and a Rubadub hot tub (chlorine). The SLAM process is not finished until: 1. CC < 0.5 ppm, 2. An OCLT < 1.0 ppm and, 3. The water is crystal clear.

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    Re: Opening a pool late in July

    I second linen, might as well get any hard work out of the way now so that when you close you can be sure it is closed right. Come spring you will be able to get it open and ready in a day (except for temperature). Do you plan to always have someone open and close it for you?
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    Re: Opening a pool late in July

    Open it up, clean it up, run it for equipment inspection, enjoy it!
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    Re: Opening a pool late in July

    What they said. Open it asap. Post pics and test results for us to enjoy with you.

    I would go ahead and look around for your best buy on chlorine so you will be ready when you need to buy it.

    Good luck!
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    Re: Opening a pool late in July

    Great, thanks so much for the advice! We found someone to open it and inspect it for us on Thursday (move-in day). I can't wait to start swimming in my pool!

    Donldson, no, we won't always have someone open/close it for us. Probably just this time and maybe when we close it in September. I know I can do it myself if I read the directions enough, but with the added stress of moving and not wanting to mess up the pool with some rookie mistake I'll gladly pay the fee this time! Once I get into the swing of things I'm sure it will be no problem.
    ~22,000 gallon IG vinyl pool, Hayward 1HP Super Pump, Hayward Pro-Grid DE filter

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    Re: Opening a pool late in July

    Welcome to TFP! I would order the TF100 test kit and get your own results. It is fine to let them open it, but you should control what chemicals are used based on your test results. Don't let them just start dumping things in per normal pool store fashion. Congrats on the new house and pool!
    POOL: Intex ultra new in 2014 (32 x 16 x 52) (seasonal; on concrete pad covered with 1.5" extruded or whatever foam insulation sheets - ugly, but comfy); added a through-wall skimmer; I add salt for feel. EQUIPMENT: Pentair SuperFlo pump (1HP, 2SPD); Pentair cartridge filter (200 sq. ft); Pentair MasterTemp natural gas heater (400,000 btu) Climate/Location: Eastern Nebraska

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    Re: Opening a pool late in July

    Quote Originally Posted by JSCarr
    Donldson, no, we won't always have someone open/close it for us. Probably just this time and maybe when we close it in September.
    Cool, just wanted to make sure because I added this part. Make sure you watch everything they do. Try to learn their process and the small things that they do that you may not have thought about. If you hire them to close do the same thing. You are right that you might have missed something so use it as a learning experience.

    And as crek31 said, if you can just have them open and start the pump running. After they leave do your own testing (with a TF-100 preferably), post the results here, and we will help you get it going the right way from the get go.
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