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Starting Up Your Brand New Swimming Pool

Posted on: February 8th, 2012 by Dave No Comments

The swimming pool is finally full of water and all the workmen have left. Time to dive in, right? Well, maybe not quite yet. There are some important – albeit technical and chemical – steps you need to do to make sure that your swimming pool plaster (that’s the stuff on the side and bottom of your pool!) is properly taken care of so it stands the test of time.

While there is no one right way to start up a swimming pool, there are some important steps to take:

  • Keep children and pets away from the pool area and do not let them swim.
  • Do not use any external sources of water as this could create streaking on the plaster.
  • Test the water each day for PH, calcium hardness, alkalinity and metals. If there is high alkalinity, it is important to add Muriatic Acid. This is often found at stores like Home Depot and Lowe’s or your pool supply store. If alkalinity is too low, it can be adjusted to 80ppm1 by using baking soda (sodium bicarbonate). The pH should be between 7.2 and 7.6.
  • The swimming pool surface should be brushed at least twice each day to get the plaster dust out of the pool. It is best to use a nylon wall brush. Be sure to include steps, ledges, and swim-out areas that are also plastered.
  • Some experts recommend adding a pre-diluted quality sequestering agent to help keep the pool water clean.
  • Make sure the filtration system is operational and running for a minimum of 72 hours during this initial start-up session.
  • Do not add chlorine at all during this process at least during the first 48 hours.
  • Keep the pool heater off until the start-up is completed.

The process of testing the water, adding Muriatic Acid or sodium bicarbonate soda, and brushing is recommended as a daily task anywhere from two to four weeks. This is something that you can do yourself or have your swimming pool contractor take care of for you at an additional fee. Either way, it is well worth all the effort that will keep your major investment in good shape for years to come.

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