Hi guys! I am new to the boards and new to pool ownership.
My wife and I recently purchased a home with an 24' above ground pool. The liner was bad so we had to replace it. I have replaced the liner and have filled the pool up with a garden hose. The pump (sand filter type) is ready to go and all hoses are attached. What do I do now? Sorry if this is a stupid question, but this is all new to me. I know I need to first test the water (getting test strips tomorrow) and, assuming all is well with PH and alkalinity, add chlorine, then shock the pool. Is this correct?
Once I turn the pump on and get the water circulating, test the water, and then add the chlorine, how long do I want to shock the pool? Overall, how long do I wait for the water and chemicals to circulate/filter before it is safe to swim?
I am sure I am leaving out some important steps, so if anyone can give me a guide and timeline on what do to next after the pool is filled, I would much appreciate it! Thanks!