My new pool should be completed in about two weeks, weather depending. I'd like to be sure I get off on the right foot. I see here plenty of advice for starting an existing pool at the end of the winter. But I haven't seen any advice regarding brand new pools.
And so this is my question: what's the best course for me (an ignoramus) to take in getting my new pool up and running? I'd like to take a simple BBB approach to maintenance. But maybe while things are still coming into equilibrium it's best to use the expensive pool store, and do what they tell me until everything is in balance?
Some of the things that may be relevant:
- Austin, TX
- about 18,000 gallons (32'x16', 5' deepest)
- Gunite and plaster construction
- Variable-speed pump, with an extra to run the cleaner thingy
- It'll be filled from city water, which is quite hard. I'm told it's about 315 grains
- The water seems to have a good deal of dissolved minerals, too. Even in the bathtub you can see a bit of an emerald cast to the water
Thanks for any clues you can give me.