pool plaster start up procedure Pool Filling DAY
Step 1. make sure the filtration equipment is operational.
Step 2. Remove all floor return heads and directional eyeballs (if appropriate and recommended in your geographical area)
Step 3. Based on temperature and type of finish , fill the pool to the middle of the skimmer or specified water level without interruption as rapidly as possible with clean potable water to help prevent a bowl ring\.
Place a clean rag on the end of the hose, always placed in the deepest area, to prevent damage to the surface material.
If a water truck is required, 24 inches of water should be placed at the deepest area for a water cushion.
Ensure that customers know that they must not turn off until the water is halfway up the tile line.
If the water flow is interrupted for any length of time, it will leave a permanent line on the plaster.
It is acceptable to slow the flow if customers are concerned while they sleep.
Wheeled devices should not be used in the pool until after 28 days
Step 4. At no time should any person or pets be allowed in the pool during the fill.
Do not allow any external sources of water to enter the pool to help prevent streaking.
It is recommended that you do not swim in the pool until the water is properly balanced.
Step 5. Test the fill for pH, alkalinity, calcium hardness and metals. Record test results.
Step 6. Start the filtration system immediately when the pool is full to the middle of the skimmer or specified water level.
Step 1. test pH, alkalinity, calcium hardness, and metals. Record results.
Step 2. High alkalinty should be adjusted to 80 ppm using pre-diluted muriatic acid (31-33% hydrochloric acid)
Step 3. Low levels should be adjusted to 80 ppm using sodium bicarbonate ( baking soda)
Step 4. pH should be reduced to 7.2 to 7.6 add pre-diluted muriatic acid if the alkalinity is already 80-100 ppm .
Step 5. Brush the entire pool surface at least twice daily to remove all plaster dust.
Step 6. Highly recommended to pre-dilute and add a quality sequestering agent using the recommended initial startup dosage and then the recommended maintenance dosage per the sequestering agent’s manufacturer.
Step 7. Operate filtration systems continuously for a minimum of 72 hours. DO NOT add chlorine for 48 hours. DO NOT turn on pool heater until there is no plaster dust in the pool.
2nd DAY – Brush the Pool
Step 1. test pH alkalinity, and calcium hardness and repeat 1st DAY steps of except for step 6.
Step 2. Once the alkalinty is adjusted to 80 ppm and the pH is adjusted to 7.2 to 7.6, then adjust calcium hardness levels to a minimum of 150 ppm .
Step 1. Test pH, akalinity and calcium hardness and repeat 1st day steps 1 through 6.
Step 2. Pre-diluted chlorine may now be added to achieve 1.5 to 3 ppm.
Step 3. Brush the entire pool surface thoroughly at least twice daily to remove all plaster dust.
4th DAY through the 28th DAY
Step 1. Test pH, carbonate alkalinity and calcium hardness and repeat 1st day steps 1 through 5 every day for 14 days to help prevent the scaling of the pool surface.
Step 2. On the 7th day, if there is any plaster dust remaining – remove it using a a brush pool vacuum.
Step 3. After the 4th day – calcium levels should be adjusted slowly over the the 28-day period not to exceed 200 ppm .
Step 4. After the 4th day – adjust the cyanuric acid levels to 20 to 40 ppm based on the primary sanitizer of the pool (pre-dissolve and add through the skimmer.)