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What start-up chemicals are needed for a new pool, or for a pool that has been drained and refilled with fresh water?
That depends on the water balance of your source water - some tap water makes excellent pool water, while other sources need major adjustment, for water balance that works well with chlorine and won't stain, scale, fade or corrode your soft and shiny pool surfaces.
You have choices - fill from the hose, fill from a truck or fill from a nearby fire hydrant. Most people opt for the garden hose pool filling method, often using two hoses where possible.
If your water is from a well, or if your source water contains silty dirt, minerals and metals, or high levels of chloramines or phosphates, you can filter the water as you fill the pool. Pleatco's pool fill pre-filter handles up to 40,000 gallons, and removes impurities and stain causing particles.
To find out the water balance of your source water, just use a pool test kit or test strips. Be sure that your kit or strips are fresh, last years supply may produce inaccurate results.
To produce the full battery of water tests (chlorine, pH, Alkalinity, Calcium Hardness and Cyanuric Acid), you will need a complete test kit like the Taylor Deluxe K-2005. If you prefer test strips, AquaChek Select 7-Way, and LaMotte Insta Test 6 are both complete test strips.
Taking a water sample to the pool store may not be the best option, as their system is designed to sell you chemicals, after which you will need to test the water again, and test all summer - so you may as well buy the K-2005 (the same test kit that pool stores use), or buy some fresh 6-way or 7-way test strips, which aren't as accurate, but may be close enough.
Once the pool is opened, you will need to circulate, filter, clean and treat the pool water - every day. Consistent water balance, constant chlorine levels and effective filtering is important to prevent water problems.
And, as the water temperature and pool usage increases through the summer, you will need more hours of daily filtering, and more chlorine tablets to maintain sanitation and clarity.
We also have spring pool start-up kits, pool chemical packages specifically geared to new pool start-ups. Start-Up Kits for pools contain Stain & Scale, Pool Shock, Algaecide, Clarifier and Sun-Sorb oil absorbing sponge. Bundled pool start-up chemicals saves a considerable amount over purchasing items separately.
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