Our pool is finishing up this week and I have the PB coming on Monday to hook up the equipment, add chemicals, and start it all up. I'll be filling the pool tomorrow after they finish acid washing the pebble finish. The PB told me we could swim in it this weekend, but I was kind of hesitant to getting into the pool with no chemicals or filtering going on. Would it be OK for us to go in it a little bit? Any concerns that I should know about?
What can I expect the PB to do for their start up? It will be interesting to see if what they recommend lines up with the advice here.
I have already read pool school and have a SWG, so I have a pretty good handle on how to get chlorine levels set. I'll also be ordering the TFT100 test kit today so I can start testing next week and get all of the other levels dialed in.
Any advice from others who have recently gone through this process?
The one thing I am confused on is the use of a vacuum in the pool. We don't have an in-floor system and instead have 8 wall return jets positioned around the pool. They are supposed to keep the water pretty turbulent and help keep it churning and everything suspended. The PB said I could just put the vacuum in when I felt it needed vacuuming or if I knew a storm was coming. I am thinking about having a pool service come weekly and part of their service is to sweep/vacuum the pool. Do you think a weekly sweep/vacuum would be enough, assuming the pool wasn't getting hit with a lot of debris?
As I call the pool service companies I am specifically asking questions about what kind of chemicals and processes they use. If they tell me they just throw in shock once a week or when it needs it, they are out. I know enough from here to make sure only pure chlorine/bleach is used so I don't have my other levels get out of whack. I don't want to pay someone that is basically going to require me to keep using them because their process is what is screwing up the pool.