Opening Your Swimming Pool at the Start of the Season
|Follow these steps for a great start to the swimming season!|
Guidelines for Adding Start-Up Chemicals
Note: Add all chemicals according to label directions.Many pools with a history of metals, like iron, manganese, or copper, may require an initial dose of a stain and scale control product (also referred to as metal removers). These products are formulated to bind with metals so the metals don’t stain pool surfaces.Add Sanitizing Chemicals
If using chlorine sanitizer, add sanitizer tablets to the chlorine feeder or broadcast the sanitizer granules to establish a free-chlorine residual. The free-chlorine sanitizer level should be maintained at 1–3 ppm at all times, in all areas of the pool, to ensure that the water is properly sanitized.
Add Oxidizing Shock
If the pool water is not green, add non-chlorine shock oxidizer containing DuPont™ Oxone® potassium monopersulfate at a dose of 2 pounds for every 10,000 gallons of pool water. This double dose will provide sufficient oxidation to eliminate most of the contaminants from the pool water.
If the pool water is green due to algae growth, use a chlorine shock product according to label directions to kill the algae.
Add an initial dose of algaecide according label directions to inhibit algae growth. Ideally, the algaecide should be added the day after adding oxidizing shock.
Once the pool is up and running, the water should be “balanced” to protect pool surfaces and recirculation equipment from the damaging effects of corrosive or scale-forming water.
For best results, adjust total alkalinity first, and then allow the pool to filter for 8–12 hours minimum. On the following day, re-test the pool water. If any of the parameters are outside of the acceptable range, readjust as needed. When the total alkalinity is in the acceptable range, adjust the pH as needed.
Refer to Pool Care Made Easy for additional information and simple guidelines for sanitizing, oxidizing, and water balance.