The filter is connected, and you've waited more than a day for the pool to fill up. Now the time has come to go swimming. Not so fast because there's several things you must do prior to taking your first official dip into your brand new above ground pool. The water must be treated and cleaned before anyone should go swimming.
Check the hoses and inspect for any leaks. Turn on your filter, and begin the circulation process of the water. Depending on the type of filter you are using, ensure the filtration system is completely set up. Cartridge filters must have a filtration cartridge inserted prior to use, the sand filter must be filled with the sand and Diatomaceous Earth filters must have DE powder added through the skimmer. Any filter not properly set up can cause damage to the filter system. Get to know the employees of your local pool supply store. They are usually willing to answer any questions you have and can help you get acquainted with your system by giving you useful tips.
Shock that pool, which is the first step towards crystal clear water. The water added through your water supply is clean but can quickly collect bacteria in the pool. It will also appear muddy or slightly cloudy. The shock will clear the water and kick-start your pool setup and maintenance. Add 1 gallon of liquid shock directly to the surface of the pool water for every 5,500 gallons of water you have. Become familiar with the gallon capacity of your pool. All chemicals added to the water are measured based on how many gallons of water the pool has. Pour the shock around the edges of the pool's interior. Allow the filter to circulate the water thereafter for 24 hours before you add any other chemicals.
When you wake the morning after shocking, your pool you will already see a noticeable difference. Grab a pack of test strips, and test the water. The strips will have indicators for chlorine, pH and alkalinity. Adjust each level accordingly. Add 1 cup of chlorine through the pool skimmer to start. Use increase and decrease chemicals to either raise or lower the pH and alkalinity levels. If the water is clean and properly chlorinated, the pH and alkalinity levels should stay in balance; however, add these increase and decrease products directly to the water whenever necessary. The instructions on the product will tell you a specific amount of the particular chemical to add in relation to the gallon capacity of your pool. Again, that's why its critical to know how many gallons are in your pool (see Resources).
Vacuuming is the task of connecting the pool hose directly to the skimmer and the other end to a vacuum head. A clean pool bottom will make your pool appear crystal clear. It will help keep the chemicals working strong and the filter clean. After installing the pool and filling it will water, there may be small particles of sand and pebbles left over from the pool installation. Prior to use, vacuum the pool to ensure the bottom is clean and free of dirt or sharp pebbles that can potentially cut a pool liner.
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