Do I need an “opening pool kit” ?


Gold Supporter
Mar 12, 2017
It’s that time of year again for all of us. Im now on my 2nd time opening my pool. My pool looks just as clear as it did when I closed it. It’s currently sitting around 30” of water apx 6k gallons.

Do I really need to buy an “opening pool kit” or could I just fill it back up, add some salt, and run the filter/chlorine generator?


LifeTime Supporter
Aug 19, 2014
Pacific NW
No, not really.
Just balance it up.

Each year I typically need only the following for opening day:

A case of bleach (only need 1 jug, at first, I just like to buy it in cases)
4lbs of cya chlorox granules (I lose 20-30ppm over winter from rain fill/draining)
1 small box of baking soda if needed (I did this year. last year I didn't)
Some mule team borax to counteract the cya lowering ph.
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