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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 chemistry adjustment. It's critical to achieve a water balance that works well with chlorine and won't stain, scale, fade, or corrode your soft and shiny pool surfaces.
Thankfully, 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 silt or minerals, you can filter the water as you fill the pool. Pleatco's Purestart pool fill pre-filter handles up to 40,000 gallons, and removes sediments and other solid impurities. This can help reduce the risk of staining and hard mineral deposits in your pool.
To find out the water balance of your source water, you can use a pool test kit or test strips. Be sure your kit or strips are fresh — last year's supply may produce inaccurate results.
To produce the full array of water tests (Chlorine, pH, Total Alkalinity, Calcium Hardness, and Cyanuric Acid), you will need a complete test kit like the Taylor Deluxe K-2005. If you prefer test strips, the AquaChek Select 7-Way offer a simple, complete testing option.
For the most accurate water analysis, you can always take the water to your local pool store for a free water test. However, you may not need the precise detail these tests offer when you first start the pool up after a fresh refill. An at-home water test will tell you what you need to know to get started. They may not be as accurate, but will often be close enough.
We also have spring Pool Start-Up Kits, which are pool chemical packages specifically geared toward new pool start-ups. These kits are most commonly used when re-opening a pool in the spring, but they work great for fresh pool refills, as well. Start-Up Kits for pools contain Stain and Scale Prevention, Pool Shock, Algaecide, Clarifier, Test Strips, and a Sun-Sorb oil absorbing sponge. Bundled pool start-up chemicals save a considerable amount over purchasing items separately.
Once the pool is opened, you will need to circulate, filter, clean, and treat the pool water daily. Consistent water balance, constant chlorine levels, and effective filtering is important to prevent water problems.
As the water temperature and pool usage increase through the summer, you will need more hours of daily filtering, and more chlorine tablets to maintain sanitization and water clarity.
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