We just finished having an inground pool and spa built a couple months ago. Came out great and the builder did great, but when it came to leaving us proper maintenance instructions they weren't very detailed. We're just north of San Diego now and it's a chlorine system with cartridge filter and stonescapes mini-pebble liner. About 17K gallons. The intake valve options are spa, pool skimmer (single) and dedicated suction line with pentair rebel. The skimmer setup they used is new to me where it's connected to the bottom drain ports in the pool deep end, but only 1 is enabled at a time. The skimmer is on by default and if i want to enable the pool drain ports I put this block type device in the bottom of the skimmer to change the suction.
What's the recommended positions the valves should be left in for daily pump circulation/cleaning? It's a variable speed intelliflo pump and the builder configured it to run at low speed from 8-9am and higher speeds from about 10-11am to have the cleaner kick in. Currently I have it set where all suction comes from the pool (cleaner/skimmer) and outputs to both pool and spa at around 60/40 ratio. Should I use this same setup when adding chemicals?
Had a pool when I lived in Kansas, but it was a vinyl liner and so far chemicals are the opposite for me. Used to have to worry about keeping alkalinity up and used granular chlorine. Now I use liquid chlorine and liquid muriatic acid so far. My alkalinity hovers around 100-110 after we added baking soda per the builder when it was opened so that's the main reason for liquid chlorine. The builder also told me the inline chlorinator should be able to handle all chlorine needs for this pool, but I've since learned his expertise seems to be in building them, but not much in maintaining. Thanks