Operation & Chemicals

STARTING UP YOUR NEW SWIMMING POOL

  1. When finished, the pebble crew will put your hose in the swimming pool to fill.
  2. When the water level is half way up the skimmer opening (or half way up the waterline tile) turn off the water and call NAUTICA POOLS to send a swimming pool start-up professional.
Steven Ward of Ward's Pool Service will get your equipment up and running. He can be contacted on his mobile phone at (480) 213-0481.
  1. Steve Ward will remove the plumbing plugs, prime the pumps, get your equipment up and running, identify the valves and add chemicals. You will receive instruction & orientation on the operation of the pool at a later time.
  2. On a plaster pool, brush the walls, steps, and floor three times a day for the first week. Plaster dust will then go into suspension and be filtered out. We want to avoid the plaster dust calcifying on the pool surface and create a rough surface.
  3. On a pebble pool, brush the pool daily for a week.
  4. Quartzscape pools require a 1 week acid startup to remove cement cream from quartz. The equipment does not run during this startup period. Pool must be brushed daily for 1 week.
  5. Test your pool water for chlorine, pH level, and alkalinity every day until the recommended levels have been reached. Our recommendation is to maintain chlorine levels at 1.5 ppm to 2.0 ppm; pH between 7.2 to 7.6; and total alkalinity reading between 100 ppm and 120 ppm. Run these tests daily for the first week or two to attain proper water balance and to become familiar with the tests. This will become much easier  for you after you get a "feel" for your new pool and chemical requirements. Once you've added the necessary chemicals to bring your pool water into balance, weekly testing should be adequate. Refer to the instructions in your test kit.

SWIMMING POOL EQUIPMENT & VALVE OPERATION

Pool Overview - Using wireless Goldline Controls
  • To turn on the pump - Press the Filter "on" button
  • To turn off the pump - Press the Filter "off" button
  • To turn on the pool light - On the light button do the same as above
  • To turn on the water feature - On the marked button do the same as above
Pool and Spa Overview - Using wireless Goldline Controls
  • To Heat Pool and Spa
  • To turn on Filter: Press the “Filter” button
  • To change to Spa: Press the “Spa” button
  • To set Heater temperature
For Spa: In "settings" menu advance to desired temperature - When the pump is running the heater will turn on to maintain the temperature setting.

For Pool: In "settings" menu advance to desired temperature - When the pump is running the heater will turn on to maintain the temperature setting.

Note: When not using heater set both pool & spa setting to “off” so they don’t run inadvertently and run your gas bill sky high


Note: At equipment, one valve controls water flow to spa spillway. This must be turned off when spa is heated and Water Feature is turned on.

Water Feature Overview
  • For wireless remote operation: Press the Water Feature “on” button
  • To turn off Water Features: Press the “off” button
Note: Valves by pool may have adjustments for water feature flow rate.

SWIMMING POOL CHEMICALS

IMPORTANT NOTE: Never add chemicals without first testing the water to determine what chemicals are required for proper water balance.

CHLORINE (1.5 PPM to 3.0 PPM)

The purpose of using chlorine is to sanitize the water by killing disease-causing bacteria and preventing the growth of algae. Chlorine may be added through a floating device, a chlorine injection system, or manufactured by a salt water system. Chlorine demands in the swimming pool are greater during the summer months when the water is warmer, and also with high swimmer use. During the summer, maintain a free chlorine residual of 1.5 ppm to 2.0 ppm.

pH (7.2 TO 7.6)

The control of pH is essential to proper water balance. If the pH becomes too high there is an increase danger of scale formation on the plaster and tile. If the pH is too low the swimming pool water becomes aggressive and can damage the pool interior and equipment. Test the pH weekly and add acid as necessary. Try to maintain a pH reading between 7.2 and 7.6 - a salmon color. If the test is pinkish in color, add acid. If the color is light yellow, there is too much acid in the pool, and it must be neutralized with soda ash. (For amount and application of acid or soda ash, refer to the chart in your test kit, or consult with a pool serviceman, or retail pool store such as Leslie's). You will probably need to add acid regularly. New water added to your pool usually has a pH higher than 8.0 and the plaster or cement in your pool raises the pH. So plan on testing weekly and add accordingly.

TOTAL ALKALINITY (100 PPM TO 120 PPM)

Total alkalinity is a measure of all the alkaline materials (calcium carbonate) in the water. It is the water's buffering capacity or the water's resistance to change in pH. Too much alkalinity will make it difficult to change the pH, and may cause scale to form on the pool's surface. It may plug up your salt chlorinator and build up inside the filter elements. The total alkalinity reading recommendation for swimming pool water is between 100 ppm and 120 ppm. Keeping an alkalinity reading in this range reduces the likelihood of calcium carbonate buildup on the high side, and an aggressive water environment on the low side. Adding acid reduces both pH and alkalinity. After startup, test the pool daily and add acid according to the chart in your test kit, to bring the alkalinity and pH to proper levels as necessary. Once proper levels are achieved, testing can be done weekly. If your pool has low alkalinity, it will be necessary to add bicarbonate of soda which can be purchased at Leslie's Pool Supply.

CHLORINE GENERATOR (SALT SYSTEM)

Each chlorine generator system has different recommendations for their respective optimum salt levels. As a rule we recommend a reading of about 3200 ppm of salt. (Consult Owner's Manual) Salt levels should be tested once or twice a year by a swimming pool professional or a retail store such as Leslie's Pool Supply.

FILTRATION

The "Rule of Thumb" is to run your filter 1 hour for every 10 degrees of ambient temperature. Run your filter long enough to keep the water clear, clean, and sparkling. After unusually high swimmer use, it may be necessary to run the filter longer until water is clear. Clean the cartridge filter 4 times a year or more often if the monsoon season dumps a bunch  of dirt in your pool. During the wintertime, as the water temperature decreases, chlorine demands are lower, so you can maintain a lower chlorine residual and decrease your filter "run" time. However, it is still very important to maintain proper pH levels and alkalinity so acid may need to be added. Continue to test your swimming pool water weekly even during the winter months.

CONDITIONER / STABILIZER (80 ppm)

At start up we will add conditioner (stabilizer) to your pool. Conditioner is a chemical that when combined with chlorine, protects chlorine from being destroyed by the UV rays in sunlight. In Arizona, the stabilizer content should be maintained above  80 ppm for maximum chlorine performance and economy. It may be necessary to add more stabilizer to your swimming pool water every year.

PERIODIC TESTS

The swimming pool water should also be tested 2 to 3 times a year for salt (if you have a salt chlorinator), stabilizer, and total dissolved solids (TDS). Either buy special test kits for these procedures or take a water sample to a retail swimming pool store. Failure to maintain proper water balance may damage your pool and equipment and void manufacturer warranties.



Your NAUTICA POOL has been designed  to be the finest pool possible and the easiest to maintain. Sparkling, clear water in a clean pool is always our objective. The information below is a helpful guide for swimming pool maintenance.

WEEKLY MAINTENANCE

  1. Test for chlorine, pH and alkalinity. Add chemicals as necessary.
  2. On your salt system, adjust chlorine output if needed.
  3. Net out any leaves and debris.
  4. Brush swimming pool walls and steps.
  5. Clean skimmer, pump basket, & Leaf Vac
  6. Inspect infloor cleaning heads for proper operation (see below).
  7. If you have a vacuum-type cleaner, make sure it's operational
  8. Check pool equipment & plumbing for leaks.

QUARTERLY MAINTENANCE - Every 90 days

  1. Clean cartridge filter.
  2. Lubricate filter O-rings.
  3. Have a pool retailer test your pool water for stabilizer, calcium hardness, and salt.
  4. Inspect your salt cell for calcium build-up.

Weekly Pool Service

If you are considering an independent pool service company for weekly service or maintenance, we recommend Steve Ward of Ward's Pool Service (480) 213-0481. We are not affiliated with with Ward's Pool Service, however they have fair prices, do good work, and are dependable.

Call NAUTICA POOLS (480) 830-1133



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