Hi, recently purchased old house with a poorly maintained pool. Previous owner just kept it saturated with Chloe taps and "looked for the sparkle." I looked into salt and UV systems because I have sensitive skin and want a few chemicals as possible. Pool company talked me out of salt because it would eat up all my concrete. Almost talked me into UV, but I couldn't find anything but over the top endorsements or loud guffawing towards it online, and locally couldn't find anyone who would give me a reasonable assessment.
I have a background in chemistry so I feel like I should be able to deal with the pool. We have 6 kids and their friends love to drop by. Hubby loves the pool and we invested the money that was going to go into salt into a pool heater instead to extend the swim season. I sort of feel like he and the kids should take care of the pool since I barely swim in it, but it keeps getting neglected so I end up grudgingly fixing it after the chlorine has run out and it smells and looks weird. I hate to do the mom thing and just take care of it because no one else will. So I am hoping to develop a god system/routine and then either fall in love with maintaining it or pass along my knowledge to the people who actually use the pool.
We keep it covered at night and often when not in use. We live in the city and I worry about someone wandering into the yard and drowning in it. Our local pool dealer is nice and after testing the water for me does not load me down with chemicals. Usually I walk out with a bag of shock. I think I've been wary of over-using chlorine and getting that "smell" and it makes my skin itch and we have wet towels everywhere!
So I guess I was just saying Hi and venting a little bit. I think this forum is great and have looked around a couple of times. Thank you to the administrators and the the creators of this site!
I am trying to develop a system/routine for dealing with the wet laundry! I think I am going to have to start grounding them from the pool because of all the wet towels and swimsuits I keep finding everywhere. I remind them that we are not staying at a hotel and I don't want dripping bathing suits hanging all over the bathrooms. I put in a retractable clothesline and that is helping a little.