If you have a pool in your back yard, you are probably already familiar with the tedious work of maintaining a pool during the swimming season. If you live in the region which requires you to close down your pool during the winter, you most likely know all about closing down the pool as well.
However, now that you need to reopen your pool, you may be wondering when the optimal time is. If you do it too early, you will incur a lot of cost for maintenance before you can actually use the pool for swimming.
On the other hand, if you do it too late, you will miss a good chunk of the swimming season, and it may be hard to find professional pool service to help you since they will likely be booked through the roof.
There are a few important factors which will determine when the best time to open your pool is.
Geography and Climate
The first and foremost factor is what part of the country you are. The northernmost parts of the USA have still not ridden themselves of the nasty winter we have had, whereas those in the southern regions have been enjoying pleasant weather and warm temperatures for a while now.
Apart from the latitude, it is important how far away from the ocean you are, since coastal areas tend to have a milder climate. Similarly, the elevation counts for a lot, seeing how the temperature drops with the altitude, so mountainous regions have colder weather for longer.
In essence, you should be familiar with the climate of your region and take it into account when deciding when to open your pool. The climate tends to stay the same year after year, changing only slightly.
The weather, on the other hand, can vary drastically from year to year. The fact that it may have snowed this March in some regions of the country is a rare and unique occurrence, especially since it may have been as warm as mid 70°F in the same regions last year.
So, as useful as climate is for general planning, look to the weather when deciding on the specific day or week when you intend to open your pool.
Your Financial Status
Finally, you should ask yourself how much money you are ready to invest in the pool maintenance. Owning and maintaining a pool can get pretty expensive, that much should be clear to you by now.
If you open your pool too early, you will pay for maintenance and water purification without being able to use the pool.
Depending on the volume of your pool, the design, and your filtration system, the cost of weekly pool maintenance can vary somewhat, but you can expect it to be anywhere between $25 and $80 per week, including electricity, but not including professional pool service.
Calculate how much you are willing to invest, and then decide when your optimal time is.
Most Common Periods
The most likely period to reopen your pool ranges from late March all the way to June, and each of these periods has its advantages and drawbacks. March and April are great for the southern states where swimming weather starts earlier.
The largest percentage of pools open in May, since it feels like the Goldilocks zone – not too early and not too late. However, if you choose this option, you may struggle to hire a good pool maintenance technician, since they are likely to be overbooked.
Finally, some pool owners wait as late as June to open their pools. It is mostly the northern parts of the country, but with school being out by that time, you may be wasting valuable swim season time with a June opening.
Once you have taken into account all the relevant factors, you should be able to figure out the best time to open your pool. Now all you need to do is put in the effort and actually do it.