When to open above ground pool in Illinois

zombiejeep

Active member
Jun 17, 2015
39
Nebraska
*yawn* I'm just waking up from hibernation and using this thread as a guide. Since my climate here in Nebraska is about the same as many here, I'll be opening our pool this weekend!
 

lmnconn

Well-known member
May 3, 2014
52
Missouri
I'm really glad to hear so many in similar climates are opening their pools too. Nobody around me opens their pool this early (non of them use TFP). They all think I'm nuts for opening the pool so early. They wait until Memorial Day weekend and by then, they open up a swamp. My pool has never even been remotely green.
 

Pauls234

LifeTime Supporter
Jul 4, 2012
458
Chicago, IL
I reconnected all of my plumbing last night, with the exception of one union which just doesn't seem to want to thread together. I am assuming damaged threads so may just replace that one.

Anyway, water temp was 59 degrees, but I was really surprised to test my water and see that the FC level was at 6.5. That is by far the highest figure I have opened to. Water is still totally clear so time to toss in the hose and get it filling!
 

wjr75

LifeTime Supporter
Jun 6, 2013
895
IL
We are open. Used the hot tub but must a have a leak somewhere. We lost about three inches in the tub after an hour and a half. Had a bad plug in the floor drain I thought we fixed last year. It's always something.
 

MarianParoo

Well-known member
Aug 16, 2014
4,615
Northern IL
Yes it is! I am two weeks past my normal opening time. Since I have an auto-cover, I have been able to see the whole pool and it looks good. Did the filter deep-clean and plumbing this weekend for sure!
 

MarianParoo

Well-known member
Aug 16, 2014
4,615
Northern IL
Really close to me! I live right off Randall. Stop by TSiGirl, next time you visit! Just PM me. You are welcome!

Everyone in our latitiude should be open. I am using my robot to mix the water until I can get the hubby to open the plumbing. If I didn't have an auto-cover to keep the sun off, I would be in big trouble. Everyone else, get open and send nags my hubby's way! !
 

Pauls234

LifeTime Supporter
Jul 4, 2012
458
Chicago, IL
With the weather turning back to spring like and my FC levels still surprisingly high the urgency left me. I am not totally open yet, but plan to be by Friday when it is supposed to be 80 and sunny. Still have a fair amount of water on my winter cover that needs draining (i.e. set up a siphon and then let it go overnight) and then need to top off the last 8 inches or so in the pool. New union to replace the presumably damaged thread one mentioned above should arrive today - thanks Amazon - even one less reason to go to the pool store!
 

Snap96

Well-known member
Jun 30, 2015
70
Chicago, IL
Been open for a week and I think my water is all set...crystal clear and passed the overnight test. Water is a little chilly so will get the heater cranking at some point.
 

Geebot

Well-known member
Aug 19, 2013
928
FYI, for Illinoisans within range of Menard's, they have 12.5% chlorine jugs at $3.99, buy one get one free.
 

wjr75

LifeTime Supporter
Jun 6, 2013
895
IL
I need to make a run to the great escape for four cases :D. I use them every year for 12.5% shock at 10 bucks for four gallons. They have a nice show room too.
 

IL_WS

Well-known member
Sep 18, 2012
125
IL, NW of Chicago
Jumping in to an older thread here. I'm also NW of Chicago. We're going to be out of town for a week over Memorial Day, so I'm planning on waiting until then to open. If I were to get a sample of water and test chlorine, could I add more bleach if required, or would lack of circulation whiten liner?
 

TSiGirl

Gold Supporter
LifeTime Supporter
Mar 20, 2013
540
Crystal Lake Illinois
If it were me.. I would only add when there is circulation.. and I have seen folks here get very creative when there is lack of..like vigorous brushing?

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