Pool Openings

Pool Openings

Our opening services are exclusively for pools installed and winterized by Pool Builders Ltd. 

Basic Pool Opening Package $226.00

– Removal of all winterizing plugs and gizmos

– Reinstall all applicable pool fixtures, ladders, diving boards, and lights

– Priming, start-up, and air bleed of pool recirculation equipment

– Visual inspection to ensure that all components are functioning properly

– Calibrate automation system

– Add starter chemical kit (starter kit includes: 1 l of shock (chlorine-free oxidizer), 1 l of sequestering agent and 1 l of 40% algae side)

Additional Services You Can Add On:

Safety cover removal +$  (Custom made, self-draining, anchored to pool deck mesh cover)

  • Remove cover
  • Fold and place in the appropriate bag
  • Lower all anchor bolts to the proper height

Open Spill-Over Spas or Solar +$

  • Remove all winter plugs
  • Reinstall all summer fixtures and Plugs
  • Priming, start-up, and air bleed of all lines and systems
  • Visual inspection to ensure that all components are functioning properly

Salt System Maintenance +$

  • Disconnect salt system from pool plumbing
  • Clean internal components with cell cleaning solution (included)
  • Rinse and reconnect salt system to pool plumbing

Lower water level +$

  • Drain pool water to proper operation height

Add Additional starter kits for larger pools +$

  • 1 l of shock (chlorine Free-oxidizer), 1 l of sequestering agent and 1 l of 40% algae side

Cartridges for Clean & Clear Plus Filters +$

  • Size 320 Cartridges (set of 4)
  • Size 420 Cartridges (set of 4)
  • Size 520 Cartridges (set of 4)

Filter cartridges typically need to be replaced every 3 to 5 years

Connect Fastlane Swim Jet +$

  • Submerge and re-attach swim jet to pool wall
  • Re-connect hydraulic lines
  • Visual inspection to ensure that all components are functioning properly

Open Stand-Alone In-Ground Hot Tub +$

  • Removal of all winterizing plugs and gizmos
  • Reinstall all applicable hot tub fixtures
  • Priming, start-up, and air bleed of hot tub recirculation equipment
  • Visual inspection to ensure that all components are functioning properly
  • Calibrate automation system

When To Open Your Pool:

When choosing the right moment to open your pool, it is important to factor in unnecessary hydro/gas costs for early spring openings, and to also consider excessive algae build-up for late spring openings.

You can open your pool as soon as the ice inside the pool has melted, and the weather forecasts above freezing for the next 14 days. Also, keep in mind that it is not necessary to run the heater until you are ready to swim in the pool.

Days That We Will Be Opening Pools in Your Area:

Mondays: Stittsville

Tuesdays: Barrhaven / Manotick

Wednesdays: Nepean / Ottawa Center / Alta Vista / Westboro / Riverside South / Greely / Orleans

Thursdays: Kanata South / Richmond / North Gower / Kemptville / Stittsville

Fridays: Kanata North / West Carleton / Carleton Place / Almonte / Ashton / Arnprior / Renfrew / Carp 

What You Need To Know and Do Before Your Pool Opening:

Pool Fittings:

  • Prior to your Pool Opening, please have all of the pool fittings (return eyeballs, skimmer basket, pressure gauge, filter plug, etc.) accessible for our technicians.


  • If you have a cartridge filter, ensure that the cartridges are clean, and ready to be put back into the filter. The best way to clean your cartridges, is by rinsing them with a pressure washer.

Pool Covers:

  • Unless receiving the safety cover removal add-on, please ensure that your pool is completely uncovered, prior to your scheduled Pool Opening.

Water Level and Chemistry:

  • If your water level is either over the top of the skimmer, or below the skimmer mouth intake, you can leave it be. This does not affect the opening process. The ideal water level is halfway up the skimmer, so that once we leave, all you need to do is start balancing your water.

    To start the water treatment process, our service technician will add the initial chemical kit in for you before they leave. This will allow the chemicals to circulate throughout your main drains.If your water level is above the skimmer, please do not drain the pool until at least a few hours after we have opened your pool. You can then use your main drains and pool pump to drain the additional water. The ideal water level is halfway up the skimmer mouth.Following your Pool Opening, you will need to check your water chemistry, as well as add the required salt for a saltwater pool.


  • You can pay for your opening by credit card or by email money transfer.

If you will not be home:

  • Please ensure the pool and pool equipment are completely accessible for our technician.
  • Please ensure the basement breaker supplying electricity to the pool equipment is on.

Wireless Remote:

  • If you have a wireless remote for your lights, please leave it out for our technician to test.