We filled our pool for the first time yesterday. The pool company sent someone out here to teach us how to use the pump and put chemicals in.
The pool is green, this guy says because of the minerals in our water. He is putting some mineral suspension to make the minerals into bigger particles so they can be filtered out. Is this ok?
Then, we said there is a dust that comes off the new pool and we need to brush it twice a day. He said the dust is very alkaline and we need to add Muratic acid to the pool, lots of it, to lower the ph because the dust will keep raising the ph. I said I didn't want him adding anything to my pool until I understood it better and he said he has been doing it for 30 years and if we don't do this then the dust will harden and cover the finish and ruin it forever.
Then, we said the test kit (the non-Taylor one you guys recommend) is overly complicated and all I need is a test strip.
He said he has never heard of BBB and that this is what we must do.
Then, I am supposed to take a water sample to the pool company and they will test for metal in a week. If the metal is gone I am supposed to shock every two weeks and keep the chlorine around 3. He put 3 chlorine pucks in the skimmer.
My question is, is what this guy is doing ok? I am supposed to add more acid if the ph goes up, like a gallon. He said the pool can't really be taken care of for two weeks because it needs to cure right and I will mess it up if I don't do what he says.
I really don't like chemicals and my kids are ready to swim yestday. Please let me know if we are doing down a bad path here.