New Pool Start-Up Instructions

Learn how to open your pool for the first time using our helpful step by step guide. Follow these steps to insure your pool will be clean and clear this summer.

New Pool Start-Up Instructions

To open your above ground pool you will need the following pool supplies (see below). The following instructions below have been provided by The Pool Factory’s Above Ground Pool Experts.

Here are simple and easy to follow instructions for helping you prepare your swimming pool and chemically treat your swimming pool water for the upcoming season. These instructions apply to both above ground pools and semi inground pools.

Focus Multi Function Shock - 10oz. Bag

Pool Shock

Pool Algaecide

Algaecide

Chlorine Stabilizer

Chlorine Stabilizer

Alkalinity Increaser & Decreaser

Alkalinity Increaser & Decreaser

PH Plus & PH Minus

PH Plus & PH Minus

Filter Media D.E. Powder

Filter Media

Pool Test Kit

Pool Test Kit

Chlorine for Swimming Pools

Chlorine

Your new pool has been installed and is now filled with water. Follow these steps for opening your pool for the first time.

Steps to Open your Swimming Pool

Step 1

Turn on your filter system. Please refer to your filter’s instructions manual for proper installation instructions. You can also visit our Blog Section on filters for some further assistance.

Your filter should always be on when adding/balancing chemicals in your pool.

Step 2

Using test strips, test the swimming pool’s water total Alkalinity Levels (adjust if necessary). If the alkalinity level is low, based on the test strip, add Alkalinity increaser (plus). If the alkalinity is high, based on the test strip, add Alkalinity decreaser (minus). Please refer to the bottle’s instructions for the proper amount to add for the adjustments.

Step 3

Using test strips, test the swimming pool’s water PH Level (adjust if necessary). If the pH level is low, based on the test strip, add pH increaser (plus). If the pH is high, based on the test strip, add pH decreaser (minus). Please refer to the bottle’s instructions for the proper amount to add for the adjustments.

Step 4

Add swimming pool shock at a rate of 1 pound of powder per 5,000 gallons of pool water.

Pool Capacity Cheatsheet

Pool Size
Capacity (Gal.)Pool Size
10 Round2,0008x12/14 Oval
12 Round3,0008x12/14 Oval
15 Round5,0008x19 Oval
18 Round7,50010x15/16 Oval
21 Round10,00010x18/19 Oval
24 Round13,00010x21 Oval
27 Round17,00012x16 Oval
30 Round21,00012x17/18 Oval
33 Round25,00012x20/21 Oval
 12x24 Oval
14x20 Oval
15x23/24 Oval
15x30 Oval
16x26 Oval
16x32 Oval
18x33 Oval
18x40 Oval
21x43 Oval

Please note: Pool calculations below have been rounded off to be used as a quick guide for easy pool maintenance.
For exact calculations please use our pool volume calculator.

Step 5

Add a 10% pool algaecide at a rate of 12 ounces per 5,000 gallons of pool water.

Step 6

After allowing the chlorine level to decrease from shock, (use test kit to make sure chlorine level is in the safe range) add a chlorine stabilizer at a rate of 1 LB per 5,000 gallons of pool water.

Step 7

Add extra concentrated granular chlorine at a rate of 1 OZ. per 5,000 gallons per day. If you are going to be using 3” chlorine tablets in a floating tablet dispenser or chlorinator, use one 3” tablet per 5,000 gallons. The tablets are usually slow dissolving so check back in a few days to determine if the chlorine level is high enough. Add more tablets when necessary.

Following the instructions above on how to open your above ground pool should get your swimming pool ready for the season to come. Should you have any questions during this process please use the comments section below and our pool experts will get back to you as soon as possible.

8 Piece Pool Maintenance Chemical Kit With Test Kit

Kit Contains the following items: 5lb pH PLUS, 3lb pH MINUS, 5lb ALKALINITY PLUS, 3lb ALKA DOWN, 1 QT SUPER CLARIFIER, 3 Way Test Strips (50 Strips), 1.5lb STABILIZER, 1 QT 10% ALGAECIDE

8 Piece Pool Maintenance Chemical Kit With Test Kit

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