Whether a swimming pool is being filled for the first time, getting refilled after a major repair, or getting prepped to be used after the winter season, there is a proper procedure to follow for pool start ups.
If your swimming pool hasn’t been used for quite some time, you’ll need to carry out a pool start-up to get it ready for another season of fun and leisure. Pool start-ups make a swimming pool ready from the floor, pool walls, to the chemical levels of the water. Below are some of the steps you need to take to ensure a successful pool start-up.
Before you reopen your pool, take some time to do some ocular inspection around your pool. Do some basic cleaning as needed; sweep away accumulated leaves and debris, trim overgrown hedges and trees (if applicable). You can use a pool brush or a skimmer to get rid of the dirt on the surface.
This is also the best time to check the pool deck for any damage, wear, and tear. Make sure to clean and repair any deck furniture issues to avoid accidents. Inspect the pool equipment for any dirt and damages including slides, ladders, safety rails, rescue equipment, diving boards, etc.
Prior to filling the pool or adding substantial amounts of fresh water, it is recommended to test the pH, alkalinity, and calcium levels using a good quality test kit. Doing so will help determine the treatment needed once the pool is full to prevent problems from the water source.
pH – 7.2-7.6.
Alkalinity – 80-120 ppm.
Calcium Hardness – 180-220 ppm.
Cyanuric Acid – 30-50 ppm.
Chlorine – 1-3 ppm.
If you’re planning to start-up your pool by yourself, that’s fine – if you have the complete chemicals, equipment and resources. If you would rather leave pool start-ups to the experts, then that’s a better idea. Pool care technicians at Bryte Pool are experts in pool cleaning and maintenance, and can take
When the pool is being completely filled, adding a good sequestering agent is essential as the filling process begins. This will inactivate any stain producing metals in the pool water. Using a sequestering agent is recommended even if the water analysis (step 1) didn’t show any presence of metals in the sample. It’s better to be safe than sorry!
Adding a clarifier to the pool water will help the filter eliminate the very small particles from entering the pool during the filling process.
As part of the pool start-up routine, you need to check the filter and return lines for any cracks, leaks, or damage. If you have a sand filter, add sand as needed. For cartridge filters, inspect the cartridge and replace/clean as you see fit.
This will ensure that the sequestering agent and clarifier are completely mixed and penetrated in the water to effectively avoid stain formation, colored, or cloudy water.
Should I shock my pool when I first fill it up? Technically, yes. You will need to add an extra heavy dose of chlorine to “shock” your pool. This can be doubled with extra circulation to ensure that all the water in the pool gets treated properly. After doing so, the water hardness, also known as alkalinity, should also be checked.
Shocking the pool using a non-chlorine substance will destroy the organic wastes in the water and prevent them from interfering with the sanitizer. This will also halt any possible food source for algae. Pool shock treatment will also give the pool water a “polished” and crystal clear look.
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