New Interior Finish Protocol
Blue Diamond Pool Services has been committed to offering unsurpassed value and service while serving the Central Florida community since 2009. Through our tenure, we have the knowledge and understanding of the importance of the first 30-days after new construction or interior renovation work, as this is when the interior finish is most susceptible to staining, scaling or discoloration. A new pool finish requires following a specific maintenance protocol and water balancing to protect your investment.
BDPS strongly recommends that a newly surfaced pool be started up and maintained by a professional for the first 30-days. Should you choose to start-up your own pool, here are some general maintenance guidelines for the new finish protocol.
General maintenance guidelines for starting up all plaster finishes:
- After the plaster has been set, the crew will start filling the pool with water. Do not stop the water flow until the pool is full. The pool is full when the water level is halfway up the skimmer.
- When there is at least three feet of water in the deep end, you may add additional water hoses to speed up the filling process. Be sure to aim the hoses towards the deep end and not at any of the dry surface area.
- Do not turn on any pool or spa lights while the pool or spa is empty.
- Start the equipment immediately after the pool has filled. Do not turn on the pool equipment before it is entirely filled.
- Next, take a comprehensive test of your pool water to know your starting levels with the fill water. Make sure you are taking the water sample from at least 18 inches below the water surface away from any returns or the skimmer.
- Do not add any salt until after 30 days from when pool is completely filled.
For the first seven days:
- For the first 72 hours, run the equipment around the clock. After that, adjust to a 12-hour cycle for the remainder of the 30-days.
- Test water daily and balance chemistry following your test kit instructions.
- Brush the pool down thoroughly at least twice a day to remove plaster dust. Do not vacuum.
- Backwash or clean your filter every day for the first 72 hours to remove the excess dust, dirt or surface material.
- Do not add chlorine for the first 48 hours.
After the first week:
- If plaster dust remains, a brush vacuum may be used. Do not use any wheeled vacuums for the first 30 days.
- Checking the water chemistry and properly adjusting the water balance along with brushing and netting should be done every 2 days for the remainder of the 30 days.
- Backwash or clean your filter at least 1 to 2 times per week during remainder of the 30 days.
You may begin using your pool once the pool is clear of debris, there is no turbidity to the water, and the water is chemically balanced. With following proper start-up protocols, you can protect your investment and enjoy your backyard oasis for years to come.
Please note, the following information that was provided was not a comprehensive outline, but rather general guidelines for how to maintain your new finish. Follow the guidelines from your builder or resurfacing company for specifics on water chemistry as deterioration, discoloration and scaling may result from the premature or improper use of chemicals.