The crew put a hose into the pool and started filling it with water‑now what?
Filling the swimming pool
When the application of plaster or Pebble Tec/Sheen has been completed, the crew will begin filling the pool with water. Note that the application of Pebble Tec/Sheen is a two‑day process. The average pool takes 24 to 36 hours to fill. Until the pool is completely filled with water it is vulnerable and extra care should be taken as detailed below.
It is important that your swimming pool be filled with water as soon as possible. Do not turn the water off for any reason until the pool is full. If you have a spa, it should be filled with water after the pool has been filled completely. If the water is shut off prematurely, you may have a “bath tub ring” around your pool. Monitor your pool as it is filling so that you can predict at about what time the water should be turned off. It may be necessary to set your alarm. Watch it closely!
Use the pool fill line only after the initial water fill process is complete. Additional hoses may be added once the water depth is three to four feet, but be sure water from the additional hoses does not run across the pool surface. Hoses should be placed into the pool in such a way that they do not touch the pool surface. The outlet of the hose should discharge into the pool of water above the main drain. The water surface will typically be maintained at the mid-tile level. The water level for a Pebble Tec/Sheen pool without tile should be maintained in the middle of the skimmer throat.
Do not walk or allow pets inside the pool. Make sure that gardeners, landscapers, and other maintenance people stay away from the pool area until it is full. Fertilizer and other yard debris in the pool can be very damaging and must be avoided.
If mastic is installed, make sure that pets and people do not touch this flexible joint between the coping and deck for 48 hours. Mastic is very sticky until cured and is difficult to remove from places where it does not belong. There will be sand residue remaining after installation, which can be broomed or hosed off after the 48‑hour curing period.
Once your pool is full of water, it will require extra attention. A pool start‑up includes brushing, filtration, and chemical balancing. If you are not comfortable with these procedures, we suggest that you consult with a pool service professional.
The following are additional guidelines to be followed during the start‑up period:
As plaster cures, especially during the first 30 days, it is important to remove plaster dust in a timely manner by brushing and to stabilize water chemistry in the pool. Since chemicals can have a significant impact upon the life of your plaster it is suggested that only persons trained in this area introduce chemicals to the pool. A Pebble Tec/Sheen pool is generally easier to achieve a balance in water chemistry than a pool that has been replastered.
A replastered pool must be brushed at least twice per day until there is no longer visible plaster dust churned up by the brushing. Inadequate brushing may result in the plaster dust becoming permanently affixed to the surface of the pool. Pebble Tec/Sheen pools require limited brushing.
Start the pool equipment once the pool has been filled. Run the filter 18 hours per day for at least a week subsequent to plaster. Make sure that there is main drain suction to filter the dust from suspension in the water. Monitor filter pressure as the filter may need cleaning during this period due to the accumulation of plaster dust. The filter can be set for normal operation with a Pebble Tec/Sheen pool.
Do not swim in the pool until there is no longer evidence of plaster dust in the water and chemicals have been balanced.
Do not use the pool sweep cleaner for at least ten days subsequent to the application of plaster or Pebble Tec/Sheen.
Do not turn on the heater for at least ten days and longer if the pool is not in chemical balance.
Once your newly remodeled pool has been chemically balanced and all plaster dust has been filtered out, you will want to establish a routine maintenance schedule to thoroughly enjoy your pool and protect your investment.
Since Adams does not provide pool maintenance services, once the pool remodel is complete and the pool has started to be filled with water, you can either maintain the pool yourself or contract with a pool service professional. It is very important that the pool chemicals be closely monitored to maintain the proper chlorine, acid, and pH levels. Your heater, solar water heating system, cleaner, and filtering system should also be checked and maintained throughout the year.