Commissioning a newly-filled pool or starting in the spring
When starting in the spring, re-install pool components removed for the winter, close drain valves and refit drain plugs.
Fill the pool until the water level is in the centre of the skimmer opening.
Fill the filter basket housing on the pump with water. NOTE: Never start the pump without water as this might damage the shaft seal.
Open the valves of the suction, return and drain outlets.
Turn the lever on the valve to BACKWASH.
Start the pump. When the pump has evacuated the air out of the suction line (after about 1-3 minutes) and water is passing through the sight glass on the valve drain outlet, rinse for about 1-2 minutes or until the water in the sight glass is clear. NOTE: Any electric heater must be off.
Stop the pump.
Turn the lever to RINSE, start the pump and rinse for about 15-30 seconds. Stop the pump and turn the lever to FILTER. This is the normal operating position.
Close the drain outlet valve and start the pump. NOTE: Always stop the pump before moving the lever of the valve.
Check the pH and adjust it to 7.2 to 7.6. Shock-chlorinate via the skimmer to a chlorine level of 2 ppm (mg/l). With repeated chlorine dosing, wait three hours between tests to give the chlorine time to dissolve. After 24 hours, brush the bottom and sides of the pool clean and vacuum the bottom of the pool.
Attach the vacuum head to the telescopic handle and attach the vacuum hose to the vacuum head. Place the vacuum head on the bottom of the pool and feed the vacuum hose down under the surface of the water until the hose is filled with water and emptied of air. Bring the other end of the hose to the skimmer. Fix the Skimvac over the filter basket and connect the vacuum hose.
If the suction at the vacuum head gets weaker, empty the skimmer filter basket. If the pool is very dirty, you may also need to empty the filter basket in the pump and backwash the filter. After finished vacuum cleaning, switch off the pump and disconnect the Skimvac from the filter basket.