Pool Opening Service
We take the hassle out of opening your pool! Order one of our packages today!
As the summer heat slowly emerges, pool owners everywhere are getting excited for their favourite season splashing around and cooling off in the water. But before you dive in, it’s important to go through the detailed opening process to ensure it’s safe and sound for swimming. If you’re dreading the Ottawa pool opening season, let our professional team at Benson Pools take care of it for you while you sit back and relax.
We’ve been opening, installing, refurbishing, and maintaining pools for homeowners across Eastern Ontario since 1953. With ample years of experience behind us, we know how tedious and time consuming the pool opening process can be, which is why many pool owners decide to hire someone to do it for them. To make it as simple as possible, we offer the following packages to suit your specific needs and budget:
GOLD OPENING (REMOVE POOL COVER AND START POOL SYSTEM)
*Ottawa area pricing. $40 surcharge for all other areas.
- TARP COVER (leaves and cleaning not included) $350.00
- SAFETY COVER $325.00
- OPTION 1: SKIM & BAG LEAVES + CLEAN & FOLD COVER + WATER BAGS $100.00
- OPTION 2: ADD CHEMICAL POOL START UP KIT $30.00
Pump water off cover and empty water bags. Leave for owner to clean & fold. Owner fills pool half way up skimmer, we go back to start system, and then complete items listed in our Silver Opening. See item #5 in Terms and Conditions for special pools.
SILVER OPENING (NO COVER) $199.95 – ADD POOL CHEMICAL START UP KIT $30.00
Remove winterizing plugs and gizzmo; install deck equipment, pool lights, directional ball fittings, plugs on pump, filter and heater etc. Prime pump and backwash filter. Travel time and mileage charges apply to all out of town customers. See item #5
in Terms and Conditions for special pools.
Note: Water level must be half way up the skimmer mouth to enable priming of the pump. If a second call is required due to low water level, there will be an additional charge for this work. We will automatically supply any minor parts or material needed to start the system, and will charge accordingly. If major work is required, you will be notified before proceeding.
SPRING VACUUM – $125.00 per hour
We use our own pump and will vacuum to waste. The pool must be full and we will run your hose to fill the pool while vacuuming. If there are lots of leaves or silt, we may have to return for additional call(s) to complete cleaning.
- REGULAR VACUUMING $100.00/HR
- EVERY 2 WEEKS
GAS HEATER CLEAN & LIGHT
To arrange heater start up (clean and light), please call RM Contracting at 613.315.3583
- SAME AS FILTER
- APR 6 – 17
- APRIL 20 – MAY 1
- MAY 4 – 15
- MAY 18 – MAY 29
- JUNE 1 – JUNE 12
We require a credit card number, post dated cheque or E-transfer prior to all bookings. For credit card customers, payment
will be processed immediately upon completion of service. Tax additional.
We try our best to accommodate your pool opening in the requested time frame, but work is scheduled in the order received. As
soon as the order form is returned to us, we will assign you a time into our service schedule.
How do I know how much chlorine to add to my pool when opening?
When opening your pool, you’ll need to shock it to give the chlorine level an immediate boost to kill off any bacteria and control the algae to keep the pool sparkling clean. For the initial shock, add 100g of shock chlorine treatment per 10,000 litres of water.
How do I add chemicals to my open pool?
It’s important to test the water first and then use a chemical start-up kit. This should include the shock treatment, algaecide, stain treatment, and any chemicals to balance the alkalinity, calcium and pH. But be careful to not go overboard. High levels of chlorine can make it more acidic, causing skin and eye irritation, and can even turn your hair green.
How much salt is needed to open my pool?
Before adding salt to your pool, you should first test the water with a salt test strip. Safe levels range between 2500 to 3500 parts per million. If the salt levels are far below this range, you’ll need to add salt. If one 40 LB (18.1kg) bag of salt will raise the level of the pool by approximately 480 ppm, to reach 3500 ppm in a 37,000 litre (10,000 gallon) pool, you’ll need to add approximately 7 bags of salt.
How do you open an inground pool?
At Benson Pools, the first thing we do when opening an inground pool is remove the pool cover and give it a solid cleaning before storing it away. Then we skim away any of the left-over debris on the top of the water. Once the debris has been removed, we use a hose to start raising the water levels. We then remove any winterized plugs and add in all the equipment and replace all the drain plugs. Once the water is midway up the skimmer, we prime the pump and backwash filter. If everything is working as it should, we add in the vacuum and switch the valve to waste. After all the debris has been removed we start adding the opening chemicals, shocking and balancing the pool, leaving you with sparkling clean water ready for swimming.
What do I need to open my pool?
If you plan to do it yourself, you’ll need a good test kit for starters to check the pool’s pH, chlorine levels, as well as the total alkalinity and calcium hardness. You’ll also need the shock treatment, algaecide, stain treatment and any chemicals to balance the alkalinity, calcium and pH.
What does a pool opening include?
We offer different pool packages to suit a range of needs. From cleaning and vacuuming services to chemical start-up and pump-priming, to pool cover removal and full pool system start-up, we take care of the messy, time-consuming process for you. Our crew will also ensure that all your pool equipment is operating just as it should and that the water is clean and safe for optimal swimming.
If you’re fed up with the daunting tasks of cleaning, disinfecting, balancing, and setting up the pool for the season, our packages provide the pool opening service you need so you can enjoy the luxury of your pool without enduring all of the work involved. Our crew will take the time to diligently care for your pool to ensure that the equipment is operating as it should, and the water is safe for swimming so you and your family can make the most of the summer season.
We also perform repairs, refurbishments, and can enhance your outdoor space with new lighting, a hot tub, an outdoor kitchen, and more. Benson Pools is your one-stop-shop for all of your pool-related needs. When you want reliable, quality service for pool opening in Ottawa and the surrounding area, get in touch with us so we can take care of it for you!
- Pump Water Off Cover
- Remove/clean/aerate cover
- Remove/Bag Cover Debris
- Install ladder and board
- Shock Pool water
- Re-install pool fittings
- Start-up Pool Equipment