Swimming is an immensely popular activity in the U.S., with 15% of adults and 36% of children reporting that they go swimming at least six times per year. Of course, if you own a residential pool, you can take advantage of the opportunity to swim even more frequently.


Summer is just around the corner, but temperatures in parts of the state have fluctuated quite a bit over the past few weeks. With more people spending time at home these days and many families hoping to stay active as much as possible, you may be wondering: when should I schedule my pool opening for the season? Let’s discuss the optimal time for opening your pool in today’s post.


The Best Time For a Pool Opening

Many people will schedule their swimming pool opening in time for Memorial Day weekend, as that’s often when family and friends will gather to celebrate the unofficial start to summer. Although large gatherings may be out of the question this year (and schools are already out for the season), the month of May is often a good target for opening a pool.

There’s no hard rule on when you should get your pool ready to open. However, most experts say that once the temperatures in your area stay consistently around 70 degrees Fahrenheit, it’s time to get your pool open for the season.


Although you might not be quite ready to dive in until temperatures get a bit hotter, the 70-degree mark signals prime conditions for algae growth and pollen distribution. If your pool is still covered during that time and your pool filter and pump aren’t yet running, algae might start to grow and pollen could collect in various pool components. Opening on the earlier side will allow you to prevent these issues before they ever occur.


Some people might be hesitant to schedule their swimming pool openings in Suffolk County too early out of fear that they’ll end up spending more for a longer season. But in reality, waiting too long to open your pool can cost more due to extra cleaning and maintenance. The electricity required for an extra few weeks of operation will equate to lower expenditures as compared to cleaning up after a late opening.


Of course, the best part about scheduling your pool opening earlier rather than later is that you’ll get to enjoy using it — and even looking at the beautiful water — for a longer period of time. While opening your pool prematurely isn’t a good idea, you can typically schedule service in May (or even in April, in some cases) without fear. Even if you aren’t brave enough to jump right in, your family can still soak up the sight of summer from the backyard. The sooner your pool is officially open, the sooner you can savor the stress relief and source of entertainment it will provide.


If the temperature is right, it’s time to schedule the opening of your residential pool. For more information on our services or to make an appointment, please contact us today. We’d love to help get your summer started as soon as possible.