Opening Your Pool

When should I open my pool?

In recent years the trend has been to open your pool earlier, even though it may not be used immediately. This enhances the look of the backyard and eliminates standing water which can attract disease carrying mosquitoes. Maintenance can be kept to a minimum during this colder period. We start opening pools in early April.

We have opened over 12,000 pools! Book your pool opening today using our online form.

How to Open My Own Pool – Remove Cover

  1. Remove water and debris from cover.
  2. Carefully remove cover.
  3. Clean and store cover.

NOTE: For safety covers – Carefully detach springs from anchors, remove cover then screw anchors back into deck.
TIP: Proper cleaning and storage will prolong the life of the cover. Vinyl covers must be stored in water and algaecide.

How to Open My Own Pool – Equipment De-Winterizing

  1. Remove all winter plugs and foam rope from skimmer and pool jets.
  2. Re-install equipment drain plugs and pool jets.
  3. Re-install ladders, lights, baskets etc. (TIP: Lubricate O-rings with a silicon based lubricant.)
  4. Fill pool.
  5. Prime pump and turn it on. (Pumps may take up to 10 minutes to prime)
  6. Ensure there are no leaks.

NOTE: Pool heaters should be serviced annually by a licensed gas technician to ensure their safety, efficiency and longevity. Contact our Licensed Gas Partner: JV Gas – 905-803-0333 (Jim Andonov).

How To Open My Own Pool – Clean and Balance

  1. Vacuum pool and clean all fixtures.
  2. Super chlorinate pool.(shock)
  3. After the pool water has been circulating 48 hours and has warmed up, bring a water sample in to our store for testing.

TIP: Samples should be taken 12 inches below the surface and away from any jets. Be sure to have water tested within six hours of taking the sample.

Get your pool opened by one of our pool service technicians and get started on your swimming season sooner! Click here to book your pool opening appointment online.


We had just purchased our new home in 2011 and was the first pool we owned. I knew going in that we would definitely need a lot of work done, that’s when I met Dave and he also introduced me to Roy of Rosa and Rosa landscaping. Dave and his team were always professional, courteous, and true to their commitments. Dave never tried to oversell. He was upfront and honest on what I needed for my pool. He even made recommendations that lowered my costs. Extremely pleased by the work done by Total Tech Pools.

Eini from Kingston

Thank you Total Tech Pools! For years I’ve looked for a reliable pool company to open and close my pool along with service. On time, very professional. Keep up the good work. I will recommend you to all pool owners.

Jim from Mississauga

To All, We have been a customer of Dave Warren and Total Tech for over 20 years and, throughout the years, Dave hasn’t disappointed. He hasn’t deviated from his business model…GREAT customer service and cost effective solutions and has engrained this approach with all his staff. With the guidance from Dave and his team over the years, our pool has been easy to manage and maintain with minimum expense. We wouldn’t hesitate in recommending Dave and his Team at Total Tech for all your pool servicing and equipment needs. The Morrisons

P & MA Morrison from Kingston

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