As the weather gets warmer, you probably want to know when you should open your pool. It is not just as easy as pulling off the cover. There are several things that impact re-opening your pool. Where you live, the weather, and if you have safety equipment in place are all things to consider. During the Spring, as the weather warms, pool owners start to think ahead for the summer. But, there are risks if you open the pool too early, so you want to make sure you plan appropriately. Safety comes first, so make sure all equipment such as alarms, gates, and fences are in working order above all else.

The Best Time To Open Your Pool For Summer

Opening your pool up at the beginning of spring is too early, even if the weather is starting to warm up. You can start prepping your pool though. Once temperatures reach 70 degrees each day and remain steady, you can start getting the pool ready. In many places, this means you will not have to wait until summer. In fact, you do not want to wait for summer. The summer heat encourages the rapid growth of algae. Trying to get a pool open and battling algae at the same time is going to be a challenge. Getting the pool open and running just before summer is a good idea, so your pump is working efficiently to combat algae growth.

Where To Start?

To get the pool ready, you can do some prep work. This will leave you less to do when it is time to open it up. Keep all the tools handy so you don’t spend hours searching for things when the day comes to get the pool opened up. If you have a pool cover, make sure you have a working water pump or a siphoning hose. Be sure to check all accessories like ladders, and make sure all are in good condition. Replace anything that is no longer working.


Most pool owners have to drain their pool below pipe level during the winter to avoid freezing pipes. You do not want to open things back up if the temperatures are still low at night. Wait to open the pool and refill once temperatures are warm. If the weather is still cool, you can open the pool early but will want to keep the water heated to protect your pipes. This can be expensive.

Plant Life

Consider the local plant life in your area as some plants produce a lot of pollen during the spring. You do not want this messing up the pool water or filtration system. Wait until the time passes for the plants in your area, which is typically by the end of the season or you can also invest in an automatic pool cover to close quickly as needed.

When Do You Want To Swim?

Do you have any events coming up? Parties or BBQs? If you have a specific time you want the pool open by, plan for two weeks of maintenance first. This time allows you to properly balance the pool chemistry and ensure all equipment works. Running everything for about two weeks is the best way to make sure the water is safe and clean for use.


A pool cover can be unsightly but it is possible to get your pool open in time for summer. With these important considerations and a little planning, you can have your pool ready to go for the next party, BBQ, party, or last day of school.