Pool Start up procedures


These start-up procedures are not specific to the Solar Pool Ionizer. They are general procedures that you would follow when filling up your pool for the first time. If you want specific instructions for the Solar Pool Ionizer, click here.

Pool Filling Day

  1. Make sure the filtration equipment is operational.
  2. Remove all floor return heads and directional eyeballs (if appropriate and recommended in your geographical area).
  3. Based on temperature and type of finish, fill the pool to the middle of the skimmer or specified water level without interruption as rapidly as possible with clean potable water to help prevent a bowl ring. Place a clean rag on the end of the hose, always placed in the deepest area, to prevent damage to the surface material. If a water truck is required, 24 inches (60 cm) of water should be placed at the deepest area for a water cushion. Wheeled devices should not be used in the pool until after 28 days.
  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.
  5. Test fill water for pH, alkalinity, calcium hardness and metals. Record test results.
  6. Start the filtration system immediately when the pool is full to the middle of the skimmer or specified water level.
  7. Place your Solar Pool Ionizer in your pool.

1st Day

  1. Test pH, alkalinity, calcium hardness and metals. Record test results.
  2. High alkalinity should be adjusted to 80 ppm1 using pre-diluted Muriatic Acid (31-33% Hydrochloric acid). Always pre-dilute the acid by adding it to a five gallon (19 L) bucket of pool water.
  3. Low alkalinity should be adjusted to 80 ppm1 using sodium bicarbonate (baking soda)1.
  4. pH should be reduced to 7.2 to 7.6 adding pre-diluted Muriatic Acid if the alkalinity is already 80-100 ppm1.
  5. Brush the entire pool surface thoroughly at least twice daily to remove all plaster dust.
  6. Although optional, it is highly recommended to pre-dilute and add a quality sequestering agent using the recommended initial start-up dosage and then the recommended maintenance dosage per the sequestering agent’s manufacturer.
  7. Operate filtration system continuously for a minimum of 72 hours.
  8. DO NOT add chlorine for 48 hours. DO NOT turn on pool heater until there is no plaster dust in the pool.

2nd Day – Brush the Pool

  1. Test pH, Alkalinity and Calcium Hardness and repeat steps of 1st Day except for Step 6.
  2. Once the alkalinity is adjusted to 80 ppm and the pH is adjusted to 7.2 to 7.6, then adjust calcium hardness levels to a minimum of 150 ppm (Caution: Adjustments requiring more than 20 Lbs of CaCl2 should be pre-diluted and added in 10 lbs increments – morning and afternoon).

3rd Day

  1. Test pH, Alkalinity and Calcium Hardness and repeat 1st Day Steps 1 through 6.
  2. Pre-diluted chlorine may now be added to achieve 1.0 to 2 ppm. NO SALT SHOULD BE ADDED FOR 28 DAYS.
  3. Brush the entire pool surface thoroughly at least twice daily to remove all plaster dust.

4th through the 28th Day

  1. Test pH, Carbonate Alkalinity and Calcium Hardness and repeat 1st Day Steps 1 through 5 every day for 14 days to help prevent the scaling of the pool surface.
  2. On the 7th day, if there is any plaster dust remaining – remove it using a brush pool vacuum.
  3. After the 4th Day – calcium levels should be adjusted slowly over the 28 day period not to exceed 200 ppm
  4. After the 4th Day – adjust cyanuric acid levels to 30 to 50 ppm based on the primary sanitizer of the pool (pre-dissolve and add through the skimmer).
  5. After the 7th Day – Clean the Solar Pool Ionizer’s copper anode and spring. You should do this approximately every 7-10 days.
  6. From this point forward, the Solar Pool Ionizer should help maintain a balanced and conditioned pool. You should only need to maintain a couple chlorine tabs in a floater in the pool so that the chlorine levels stay at least 1.0 ppm.