AFTER BUILDING THE POOL

This page briefly outlines certain requirements, which, if followed, will maximise your enjoyment, prevent problems and protect your investment. Select from the topics on the right menu.

What happens after my pool fencing is completed?

Step 1 – Certification

Certifiers will inspect the pool fencing. After inspection, please contact your Construction Co-Ordinator and inform him of the outcome.


Step 2 – Booking Pebble Interior

Once the pool has passed certification, the Pebble Interior will be booked and you will be notified when the placement process will take place.


Step 3 – Placement of Pebble Interior

The placement of the Pebble Interior normally takes approximately 3 Hours. Any boxes left on site (lights, fittings etc.) should be left near the pool for easy access by Contractors.


Step 4 – Acid Wash & Filling The Pool

Normally the following day the Acid Wash takes place. At this stage you will need to leave a garden hose out, so the Acid Wash Technician can begin to fill your swimming pool.

Always fill the pool from the deep end and in one continual action through to the top of the skimmer box.
Do not be concerned about the colour of the water, as it is nearly always GREEN initially.


Step 5 – Swimming Pool HandOver

Swimming Pool HandOver. A time will be arranged with you to conduct the Swimming Pool Handover and Practical Completion . This usually takes around 90 minutes, and will involve a comprehensive Water Analysis & Equipment demonstration. The installation of chlorinators, pool cleaners, remote controls etc. will also take place at this stage, along side a clean up of your site.

How do we look after the Pebble Interior of our pool?On completion of acid wash, the Acid Wash Technician will commence filling the pool via a garden hose (left on site by owner). The pool must fill from the deep end as water running from the shallow end will streak the interior. Pool must be filled to the TOP OF THE SKIMMER BOX and IN ONE CONTINUAL ACTION. Failure to do so will result in a so called ‘tidal mark’. This mark is not easily removed and can be permanent.

Concrete pools with a cement based interior can take between 4-6 weeks to cure fully. During this time the interior is vulnerable to chemical damage. Immediately after ‘handover’, the following procedures must be strictly adhered to for the first three weeks.

  • Add the recommended chemicals or agents as instructed (if not already done by the Contractor)
  • Monitor and balance water chemistry – weekly
  • Manually brush and vacuum the entire surface finishes – daily, checking and clearing the skimmer basket/s and lint pots in the pump/s for small particles brushed off the surfaces. The use of a filter sock in the skimmer basket during this time will greatly assist in catching these small particles.
  • Run the filtration system for a minimum of 10 hours a day
  • Check and adjust the ph of the pool/spa water every 2nd day
  • Maintain ph in the range of 7.2 to 7.6
  • Attend to algae flashes promptly

Newly finished concrete pools (with a cement based internal finish) require at least 200-250 mg/L calcium hardness in order to prevent the extraction of calcium from the cement products used in construction (ie to prevent etching).

The concentration of calcium hardness may be increased by 10mg/L with the addition of either:

  • 150g of calcium chloride; or
  • 170g of calcium sulphate

for each 10000 litres of pool/spa water.

Removing CALCIUM BUILD UP is no easy task, however preventing calcium from adhering to pool surfaces can be as simple as following the above recommendations. Failure to do so may cause irreversible damage as calcium scaling is not always able to be removed evenly (oxide added interiors are in extreme danger of this).

Pools which continually appear cloudy may need to be flocked to trap suspended solids. Allow 12-24 hours for floc to settle to the floor and then vacuum sediment to waste, topping up pool water level if necessary.

When do the pavers need to be sealed?Should your pool have “Paver Coping” or “Rock Water Features”, they need to be sealed immediately and then annually. Paver Coping is to be sealed following the Supplier’s instructions and using the Supplier’s approved Sealant. The recommended product for Rock Water Features is “Extend Aware Plus.”