We're in the process of pool building, and expect to bring it online roughly on Nov 1st.
My builder has told me we'll need to keep the salt system offline for the first few weeks.
I've also heard that we may need to keep the heater(s) off initially.
The pool also has an auto muriatic acid ph reduction system (intellichem).
Heating is a combination of solar and heat pump.
From what I can tell, the startup process will mostly involve:
First day or two: fill up water, turn on pump, add DE to pool for filter, check for any leaks
Next few days: take water tests, and focus mostly on getting ph to 7.5-7.8 ideal level
Then: Focus on TA, Calcium, and other key parameters..don't let ph stray too far while doing so
Afterwards: Add salt and probably borates, more testing for a few days
During the above, the pump should be running quite a bit but none of the other automation
When chemistry seems stable, activate the intellichlor first and a day or two later the intellichem
Wait another few days and then activate the heating systems, put all system onto their long term in-season automated schedule
Monitor water temp, pressure, and all other general tests/etc on a daily basis for at least the first 30 days
The plaster surface is pebble sheen blue granite.
I'm not sure how long this all process is supposed to take, and roughly how many days after start that we should expect the pool to be safe to swim...
Also, we have an automatic safety cover, which I assume we'll avoid using until ph is in balance since we don't want it to come into contact with any water that might be too acidic/etc ...so perhaps that goes into use after the first 10-14 days.
Anything I'm missing? Any additional pump/filter maintenance in the first few weeks, should I plan to do a complete cleaning of the filter after the first 30 days?