Pool Start Up Instructions for
Pebble Tec and Pebble Sheen Pools
Congratulations on your new
Pebble Tec® or Pebble Sheen®
pool finish. Please note a very important factor
pertaining to the product warranty. The water chemistry
in your swimming pool and/or spa must be maintained
at certain levels to prevent scale build-up, (a
white haze on your pool finish). Scale removal is
not covered by warranty. It is recommended to test
your pool water monthly at a retail pool supply
store (in some stores testing is computerized).
In addition, it is suggested that you regularly
use a Jack’s Magic® test kit sold at pool
supply stores (ask for a Jack’s Magic Sequest
Test along with regular chemistry). Even if you
use a pool service company, it is still recommended
that you regularly check your water chemistry balance
to be sure it is properly maintained. The most common
removal of scale is by draining your pool, cleaning
with chemicals and pressure washing. Scale removal
will be done at your own expense.
The START-UP process below began as soon as water
was filling your swimming pool and/or spa. In order
to initially balance the proper water chemistry:
- Begin filling pool with water. Filtering
of fill water is recommended in some areas.
The pool MUST be filled without interruption!
- Get the pool circulating as soon as
possible, with the main drain open and the skimmer
closed; the pool can be circulated safely when
the water reaches the return lines.
- Once the pool is circulating adjust
alkalinity to 80 ppm, pH to 7.0 - 7.2; and Jack’s
Magic® the Blue Stuff® to 20 ppm (1 quart per
10,000 gallons of water). Leave pool circulating
continuously for at least 72 hours. DO NOT add
chlorine during first 48 hours. Note: For superior
filtration, Purifiber® can be added to the filter
(according to directions on the package) to
achieve the most efficient filtering of any
- Brush pool thoroughly using a nylon
or nylon/wire-combination brush. Vacuuming the
pool with a vinyl vac is also recommended (any
vac without wheels is fine). A vinyl vac head
will allow more efficient cleaning and can be
used immediately upon start-up.
- The pH and total alkalinity must be
monitored daily to prevent scaling.
- DO NOT CHLORINATE until pool has filtered
and pH and total alkalinity are acceptable.
Chlorine is highly reactive and can cause metals
or minerals to precipitate (cloud water, scale
and/or stain). At least 48 hours is recommended.
DO NOT SHOCK pool (super chlorinate) above 5
ppm for at least 10 days, to give the pool time
to filter and stabilize.
- Cyanuric acid (stabilizer) can be
added at any time; increase to 30 ppm. We recommend
adding stabilizer around the same time as when
first adding chlorine.
- In areas of soft water (low calcium
hardness) raise calcium to 200 ppm. Normal calcium
levels are 200-400 ppm. As the surface cures,
the hardness levels may increase. DO NOT raise
calcium level until pH and total alkalinity
are stable (7.2-7.4 and 80-100 ppm).
- To prevent staining or scaling, Jack’s
Magic® the Blue Stuff® levels must be maintained
above 12 ppm. This level can be monitored with
a Jack’s Magic Sequest Test™. Average
start-up dosage is 1 quart per 10,000 gallons
of pool water. To ensure the pool does not stain
or scale, the homeowner should maintain sequest
levels on a weekly basis (some pools will require
more Jack’s Magic® “Stuff”
depending on heaters, well-water, type of chlorination,
- Pools with ionization/mineral
systems: Start-up as instructed above; then
activate the ionization/mineral system at the
2-week point of the start-up process. Change
to Jack’s Magic® the Ionizer Stuff® at
this point, rather than the Jack’s Magic®
the Blue Stuff®. (If Jack’s Magic Ionizer
products are not available, consult with your
local pool store or your builder regarding their
- Pools with alternate
sanitizers: Start-up as instructed above; then
activate the Chlorine Generator 30 days after
the date the finish was installed. Use Jack’s
Magic® the Purple Stuff®.
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