I just bought my first small above ground pool and I just need to know what I need to do first so that my family can enjoy this Memorial Day Weekend in our backyard. Any help would really be helpful.
First off, my pool is a 12’x30" metal frame pool(INTEX).
I asked the guy at Academy what kit did I need to get started and he sold me the "Crystal Care" Above Ground Pool Maintenance Kit. It comes with: Multi-Functional Chlorinating Granules…4 lbs….Quick Dissolving Shock..2 lbs..PH Increaser..1 lb… Alkalinity Booster..1 lb…1 pack Test Strips.

I will be adding the water as soon as I wake up and hook up the pump.

So My questions are:

1. What do I need to add first as soon as the pool is filled or rather what is the first thing I need to do once it is filled?
2. What do I need to add second and third?
3. While I add Chemicals can the pump be running?
4. If Everything is working properly How Long before my family can get in the pool?

If you can give me amounts by how much(cup,pounds,oz)rather than PPM it would also be very helpful.

I do appreciate your time in trying to help an amateur like myself. I just want to give my family the best weekend I can since I am always working and can never spend enough time with them.

Thanks Again

Jerry Ray


The first step will be getting the pump and filter operational so that you are filtering the water as well as dispersing any chemicals that are added. The next step will be to balance the water in the following order 1. hardness 2. total alkalinity 3. pH. Hardness may be fine right out of the tap (200 ppm + needed), and do not fill with soft water. Alkalinity and pH may also be good, test and adjust as necessary. There should be treatment charts available on the packaging or in the test strip insert. The amounts for the various chemicals vary according to the particular chemical and concentration. They are not all the same. Once the balance is acheived, you would need to add a metal removing agent if there is any metal typically present in your source water before you add chlorine as once you add chlorine, the metals may oxidize causing cloudy water and staining. Then you are ready to add chlorine, following the dosage chart provided on the chemicals you received. It might not be a bad idea to shock once the pool is balanced. After adding chlorine, the water is safe to get in, typically 4 hours or so after adding that chemical. Again, test and balance to make sure you have acheived the proper levels. Run the pump with all chemical additions, unless otherwise directed on the packaging. You can also search of pool calculators online where you can enter your test results and get a generic prescription to help with specific dosages.