Are you ready to open your pool for the summer? Have no fear. While the process may appear daunting, you can make it a breeze. Here are seven tips that will get your pool up and running — and you enjoying the water — in no time.

1. Make a List and Bring a Friend

Before you begin the process, make a to-do list. Gathering tools and equipment will also save time. Take inventory of all necessary pool chemicals, and make sure those left from previous seasons have not expired. Inviting a friend to help will not only result in a more efficient opening but will also add some much-needed fun to the process.

2. Consider Some Pool Improvements

Consider a few enhancements to your pool before summer gets underway — the likes of new furniture, an updated grill and enhanced lighting. There are countless ways to add a little bling to your backyard, and they don’t have to cost an arm and a leg. Check out these ideas for under $5,000.

3. Open Early

We all love warmer temperatures, but so does algae. Rising temperatures and added sunlight can spell days of extra work when prepping to open a pool, so start to circulate pool water and chemically balance your pool early to cut off all the nasty stuff at the pass.

4. All Systems Go

Whatever waits under your pool cover — messy, cloudy or otherwise — it’s time to get the circulation system running once removed. First make sure your pump and filter are working properly, then allow them to run continuously until the water is clear.

5. Have Your Water Professionally Tested

Start testing your water immediately after removing the cover, but don’t stop there. Take a sample of your water to a pool, spa or hot tub professional to have it professionally analyzed. Ensuring that your pH and alkalinity are properly balanced before adding other pool chemicals is essential.

6. Start Planning Your First Party

As you work to get your pool in tip-top shape, begin making plans for a summer kickoff party. The sky is the limit when it comes to choosing a theme, from a Hawaiian luau to a traditional BBQ to a beach party.

7. Build a Relationship With Your Local APSP Pro

Even if you’re a do-it-yourselfer, there’s no substitute for establishing a relationship with a reliable APSP service professional. You never know when a question or problem may arise, and knowing you can call on them any time, with any issue, will give you peace of mind and help you enjoy your pool to the fullest.

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