The above ground pool has been installed-WHAT NOW?
For most new pool owners, seeing the pool being installed is a very exciting time. However, it can often leave the new owners asking “what now?” The installers have left. There is a little water in the pool and a pile of dirt in the yard. What should you do now? Is there anything you should know about filling your pool?
Here are a few things you should know!
1. Do not fill the pool above 6” deep if the ground around the pool is damp or soft.
2. Use only a standard water hose to fill the pool.
3. Only fill the pool during daytime sunny hours and when the outside temperature is above 70 degrees. This will help the liner properly stretch into place.
4. Fill pool to a little past halfway into the skimmer (see glossary of terms).
5. Sometimes the sides of the pool will dent in as the pool fills. This is normal. The dents will pop out as the pool fills with water. This is especially true when filling a pool in cool temperatures.
6. Do not get into the pool for 48 hours after the pool is filled. This lets the bottom of the pool settle and helps reduce footprints although some footprints on the bottom are unavoidable. As the pool is used, the pool bottom will be packed down more evenly.
What do I do with the excess dirt?
1. DO NOT PUT DIRT BACK AROUND POOL UNTIL POOL HAS BEEN WELL USED. IF YOU ARE BUILDING A DECK AROUND THE POOL, DO NOT PUT DIRT BACK AROUND THE POOL WHERE THE DECK WILL BE. EXCESS DIRT AROUND THE POOL WILL CAUSE THE POOL TO CAVE IN IF THE POOL IS NOT KEPT FULL OF WATER.
2. Neighbors are often looking for extra dirt to use in their yard.
3. Hire a company to haul the dirt off.
4. Many people use the dirt to fill in low spots in their yard or simply spread the dirt and plant grass.
What do I do with the liner hanging outside the pool?
1. You can trim the excess liner on the outside of your pool after the pool has been used for a month or so. Use scissors or a razor blade to carefully cut the liner being sure not to scratch the wall of the pool.
2. If you do wish to trim the excess liner, it will be very hard to fix any unforeseen problems underneath the liner. Thus, you should wait until the pool has been well used before trimming the liner.
3. It is okay if you do not want to cut the liner. You may choose to simply fold up the liner and hang it underneath the ledge of the pool.
What about the vermiculite pool cushion underneath the liner?
1. The vermiculite pool cushion is just like it sounds. It is a cushion underneath the liner formed from a granular substance that gels together as one layer.
2. When people first start using the pool, footprints and small wrinkles will develop in the bottom. These wrinkles and footprints will diminish over time as the pool is used and the vermiculite pool cushion is packed down. Some wrinkles may develop where swimmers jump into the pool and hit the bottom with their heels and where bathers twist their feet on the liner.
3. Over time and the more the pool is used, the bottom will become more firm.
4. The vermiculite pool cushion has several strong benefits. First, it is non-abrasive, so it will not wear holes in the liner over years of use like sand sometimes does. Also, it does not get hard like sand. Thus, it stays comfortable to walk on.
5. Occasionally, small dirt clods may appear in the bottom of the pool underneath the liner. These dirt clods usually will not hurt anything and can easily be pushed down using a rubber mallet.
Call Smith Pool if you have any questions or concerns.
What about the electricity for the pump?
1. The pool pump runs on an 110V outlet and pulls around 15 amps. Check your instruction manual for specific electrical instructions for your pump.
2. The safest way to operate your pump is to have a licensed electrician run conduit underground with a GFCI weatherproof receptacle located beside the pump. This is what most codes require. For convenience, have the electrician install an outdoor on/off switch for the outlet.
3. Running the pump on an extension cord is not safe, especially if you have small children or pets that may want to play with the cord or outlet.
4. If you use an extension cord, you could cause irreversible damage to pump motor. This is not covered under the motor warranty.
How do I start my filter system?
See manufacturer’s papers provided with the filter system for complete information. Call Smith Pool with any questions or concerns. The instruction manuals are very clear and illustrative. It will be worth your time to read these manuals.