Just signed a contract this week, with the hopes of our new fiberglass pool being installed this fall. I would imagine swim season will be over here in the northeast by the time it's done, so the installer will winterize and cover once it's done.
I've been lurking here for a couple weeks, reading up on pool equipment, water chemistry, etc. Great site you guys have developed here, with tons of useful information.
The specs are as follows:
Viking Coronado--13k gallons
Whisperflo 2 speed pump
1. I expect my installer will add salt and whatever else is required at startup. Is that a reasonable expectation, even though it will be closed shortly after build completion?
2. Do I need a test kit this season, or should I wait until spring (I would guess reagents have a shelf-life)?
3. Should I source any chemicals now, or wait until spring?
4. Is there anything else I should do before the pool is winterized (i.e. specific chemicals to add or water chemistry to aim for)?
Any help would be much appreciated. I'm sure I'll have plenty of questions once spring arrives and the pool is open for use.