I'm SO excited! I've been asking a few questions over the last couple of months. We bought a house with a pool, and it's been opened and inspected. The multiport valve was replaced, but the cover was put back on after inspection until we closed on the house. I have a (recommended) test kit, chlorine from WalMart, borax, and will get muriatic acid tomorrow. So, we took off the cover, but now what? The water and pool doesn't look too bad. A little algae, but I was expecting a lot worse. Lots of dust and pollen, worms, and a few leaves. Clear enough to see the bottom, and the water does look blue, so it's not too dirty. I read the articles in pool school, but still have some questions.
1. The pump hasn't been running in about a week. Do I need to prime it or anything before I start it up? Should I just turn it on and see what happens?
2. At the inspection and opening, the pool people told me I'd need to add about 4 pounds of DE for the filter. I know I add it in the skimmer, but that's about it. Is there any rule of thumb for what volume of DE equals a pound? Should I dampen it before adding it to the skimmer? Anything else I should know before I add it?
3. Should I brush down the pool and vacuum it before I take my first test readings? Or test the water as is, and then start the clean up?
4. About backwashing. When I first turn on the pump, I'm under the impression that I should note the pressure reading on the filter, and then backwash when the pressure rises a certain amount. Is that correct?
I think that's it for now, but I know I'll be posting and questioning a lot over the next few days!!!
Thanks in advance for everyone's help. You've already been so helpful!!