We just moved into a house which had been vacant for several months, so no pool maintenance. I am just now finishing turning our frog pond back into a swimming pool. The chlorine is at shock levels, pending a positive overnight test.
PG just installed an Intelliflo VS pump along with a 4-wheel PoolCleaner. They are shiny and new and I have no idea what to do with them!
I have two skimmers and there is a valve which controls how much water comes from each (about half way between the skimmers and the pool equipment ). None of the returns are adjustable (no "eyeballs"). The main drain has an updated cover on it- (PG says no water flows through it, now- does that sound right?). And PG installed a valve controlling water coming from the skimmers and the sweeper into the pump.
1. How should I set the valves? I'm assuming I should set the valve from the skimmers so that there is equal flow through each one. On the valve just before the pump, PG recommends partially closing off the pipe coming from the skimmers since it has 2 1/2" pipes and would overpower the 1 1/2" pipe coming in from the sweeper. Does that make sense? Or should I keep it full open from both sources?
2. How can I tell if I have enough flow through the system? What should the water in the skimmers look like, or is that even important?
3. I know I need to run the pump 24/7 until I get the positive overnight test. At what speed do I need to run it?
4. Once the algae is dead and chemical levels are where I want them to be, how long do you suggest I run the pump, at what speeds, and at what time of the day?
5. How about for running the PoolCleaner? Is it important for the sweeper to be able to climb the walls?
6. When checking the filters for cleaning, do I look for an 8 psi change with the pump running at high or low speed?
7. Any suggestions on what to do with the old pump?
As you can tell, I need lots of help here. I apologize if these questions have already been answered elsewhere. I looked, but could not find them. TFP has been very good to me already. Thanks in advance for your help.