Fire Up Process

Exposed Aggregate Startup or "Fireup" Procedures.

The pool finish will start to hydrate immediately after mixing, with the majority of hydration taking place within the first 28 days. This critical time period is when a finish is most susceptible to staining, scaling and discoloration. Proper start-up procedures including timely brushing and constant monitoring and adjusting of the pool water is mandatory. The following recommended start-up method is based on procedures shown to produce the best aesthetic results. Due to unique local water conditions and environmental factors, parts of these recommended start-up procedures may need to be modified to protect the pool finish, and are recommended for South Florida locations.

 

ALWAYS ADD A CHEMICAL TO WATER, NEVER WATER TO THE CHEMICAL.

POOL FILLING DAY

Step 1. Make sure the filtration equipment is operational and pool heaters are bypassed.

Step 2. Remove all floor return heads and directional eyeballs

Step 3. Fill the pool to the middle of the skimmer or specified water level without interruption , to help prevent a bowl ring, as rapidly as possible with a carbon resin filter tank to prevent any minerals and metals to be added to the swimming pool water. These minerals and metals cause staining. NEVER USE A GARDEN HOSE TO ADD WATER TO THE POOL DIRECTLY ! THIS WILL CAUSE PERMANENT DAMAGE TO THE NEWLY APPLIED SURFACE. You may rent a Carbon/Resin filter tank for the following sources. Fountain Clear Filtration 954-979-5666.The Price includes delivery & pickup. This process eliminates the addition of sequestering or chelating agents to remove minerals and metals.

 Step 4. At no time should any person or pets be allowed in the pool during the fill. Do not allow any external sources of water to enter the pool to help prevent streaking. It is recommended that you do not swim in the pool until the water is properly balanced.

Step 5. Start the filtration system immediately when the pool is full to the middle of the skimmer or specified water level.

 

Next DAY (It's vital to follow these steps in order - prior to proceeding to the next step)

Step 1. Test pH, alkalinity, calcium hardness and metals. Record test results and calculate Saturation Index.

Step 2.Total Alkalinity should be adjusted to 80 ppm by using Muriatic Acid (31-33% Hydrochloric acid) to lower or Sodium bicarbonate to increase by adding 1.4 pounds per 10,000 gallons for every 10 ppm of desired increase.

Step 3. pH should be reduced to 7.0 by adding Muriatic Acid slowly throughout the pool. Do not add directly into one location in the pool, especially over a return jet. This will cause an uneven startup process on the finish and will permanently effect the appearance of the pool finish.

Step 4. Add enough Sodium bicarbonate to reach 10 ppm. (1.4 pounds per 10,000 gallons for every 10 ppm of desired increase) ONLY ADD DRY CHEMICALS TO THE POOL AT THE RATE OF 1 POUND PER MINUTE THRU THE SKIMMER. NEVER ADD DRY CHEMICALS DIRECTLY ON THE POOL SURFACE, IT WILL CAUSE PERMANENT STAINING OR SCALING.

Step 5. Add enough Cyanuric acid to the pool to achieve maximum efficiency of chlorine.  (1 pounds per 10,000 gallons for every 10 ppm of desired increase)  REMINDER: 10 PPM OF CYA WILL ONLY PROTECT 1.5 PPM OF CL2 FROM INSTANT DESTRUCTION BY ULTRAVIOLET LIGHT   reminder :   rEMINDER:        TGRFHN

Step 6. Add 5 ppm of Chlorine to the pool.

Step 7. Brush pool to visually inspect the amount of dust / calcium carbonate on the existing surface.

Day 2

Step 1. Test pH, alkalinity, calcium hardness and metals. Record test results and calculate Saturation Index. 

Step 2 pH should be reduced to 7.0 by adding Muriatic Acid slowly throughout the pool.

step 3 Saturation index should be adjusted and maintained to -0.3 throughout the entire 28 day process to ensure maximum exposure of the aggregate.

 

After the 28th day:

 

Maintain the Saturation index to -0.1 to +0.1, which is checked on a daily basis in commercial pools and weekly on residential pools.  

You may adjust the calcium hardness only after the 28th day, or if the calcium hardness is below 150 ppm.

 

 

Here is a link to the NPC's fire up process.