Where to Start

Pool Linings

Pool Pump & Filter

Filling your new Pool

Test your Pool Water


Check that your pump/filter are in good working order.

Identify the type of pool filter you have - sand, cartridge, diatomaceous earth.

Check that the pump and weir baskets are intact.

Know the size of your pool.

Know the type of pool lining.

Understand how the pump timer works - refer to the operating manual.

Understand the different multiport valve settings.

Check that the pool water is topped up.

Have a pool water test kit available.

There are four types of pool linings

Fibreglass, marbelite, chip-tile and vinyl lined pools

How to find out what pool linings you have?

Here is a simple way to determine what type of pool lining you have…

A marbelite pool has a gunite or marbelite lining on top of its concrete shell. The lining is porous and rough to the touch.

A fibreglass lining can be applied to previously gunite or marbelite pools, or exists in premoulded factory build pools. The lining is less porous than on a marbelite and is smooth to the touch.

Vinyl pool linings are plastic.

Chip tile pool linings are similar to marbelite pools in nature but are decorated with tiles.

Correct Filtering Hours

In general, we recommend that you filter for:

12 hours per day in summer, and

6-8 hours per day in winter

Adjust your summer filtering hours to suit your pool size…

In winter, you can reduce the filtering hours by half.

Filtering times measured in Hours

Pool Size
Filter Size:2 Bag
Pump Size: 0.6kw
Filter Size: 3 Bag
Pump Size: 0.75kw
Filter Size: 4 Bag
Pump Size: 1.1kw
10000 2 2 1.5
15000 3 2.5 2
20000 4 3 3
25000 5 4 3.5
30000 6 5 4
35000 7.5 5.5 5
40000 8.5 6.5 5.5.
45000 9.5 7 6
50000 10.5 8 7
60000 13 10 8
70000 15 11 9.5
80000 17 13 11
90000 19 14.5 12.5
100000 21 16 14



Ave pool size = 50,000L, 0,75kW pump and 3 bag filter.
Filtering hours in summer = 8 hours, in winter = 4 hours

Just take a look at the actual pump you have.

It will indicate the KW of the actual pump.

Then based on the volume of water your pool holds,

use the table above to find out the correct
amount of hours you should filter for per day.

How Does The Pool Pump And Filter Work?

The pool pump pulls water from the pool and pushes it through the filter where debris is trapped, and then returns the clean water back into the pool.

For effective filtration, remember…

To clear pump & weir baskets

To backwash and rinse your filter

Selecting the correct setting for your filter

There are 6 settings on the Multiport Valve

Remember to switch off the pump before moving
between functions of the multiport valve. Always turn the
leaver in an clockwise direction.

It is important to know what type of lining you have and to
follow the pool builders instructions when filling your pool

Follow these steps…

Place the garden hose in the deep end of the pool, making sure to tie a cloth over the end of the hose to diffuse the water pressure. Switch the hose on and fit the pool until the water level reaches the middle of the entrance to the weir. The colour of the pool water will be greenish – this is normal.

pH Test and correct the pH level to 7.2 — 7.6

In the early evening, add 2 cups of HTH® Granular for every 10 000 liters of pool water. In the case of vinyl and fiberglass linings, add HTH® Granular via the weir. Do not allow any swimming at this stage.

Filter continuously for 24 hours. After 12 hours test and correct if necessary. Continue filtering until the 24 hour cycle is completed.

Unless you have a marbelite lining, you may now connect the automatic pool cleaner. If you have a new marbelite pool, you will need to wait for 28 days before connecting the automatic pool cleaner.

Check the Total Alkalinity and adjust between 80 – 120 ppm.

Filling your pool can take a long time, so make sure that
start far enough in advance

If you use borehole water to fill your pool, there is a chance
that metals may be present in the water.

Use HTH® Metal Remover to prevent possible staining

4-in-1 test kit

Testing your pool water.

Use the HTH® 4 in 1 test kit to measure:


Free available Chlorine (FAC)

Total Alkalinity (TA)

Acid demand

Early Warning Pool Test Strips

Dip and Match, it only takes 2 seconds - as quickly as dipping your toes into the pool water.

Free Chlorine

Total Alkalinity (TA)


Stabiliser (Cyanuric Acid/CYA)

Testing your water and correcting your levels is essential…

To ensure that your pool chemicals work effectively

To ensure bather comfort

To protect your pool lining and fittings from damage.