I am trying to rewrite my budget so that I make sure I save enough back all winter to cover the extra expenses for the pool in the summer. I live in IL so the pool is only operating not even 4 months. I need to figure out how much maintenance/chemicals will cost me. I know I will have the extra power for running pump and also water to fill and continuously top it off and those will be impossible for anyone to guess. Hoping someone can at least tell me what I expect to spend in chemicals. I have owned the house a week and have already spent a fortune in chemicals (pool store yes I know now that was mistake) and now spending quite a bit on chlorine and pool still looks bad. Hopefully next year I can start the pool off right and not spend a mini fortune.
Pool is approx 14000 gallons (18x30x4 approx) above ground. It is in full sun all the time, no cover. What can I expect my chlorine burn rate to be?
This past week I have been buying liquid shock (10%) at Rural King for $8 for a 4 pk which seems like a great price compared to the $3 bottle for 6% bleach at Walmart
My TFT-100 test kit should arrive tomorrow finally. Will I have enough tests in it to last the rest of this year and all next summer? I will be doing a SLAM as soon as it arrives to try to correct my pool which unfortunately has a very high CYA level -90 (2 pool stores confirmed and come up with really close to each other numbers and old owners were using the pucks so I believe it to be accurate) but we only have about 3 weeks left of swimming weather so drain and refill is not option.
How long should I really be running the pump? The old owners said they left it running 24x7 while pool was open. Is it worth keeping it running or should I buy a plug in timer and set it up and save on the electricity?
I didn't really want the pool but the kids are super excited to have it. I have a 125 yr old house with lots of projects to work on so would love to keep my budget to a minimum. Anything I can do to save on electric, water, chemicals would be great.
Like for instance would the cost of a solar cover be offset enough by the chlorine savings? how much of pain to put cover on and off? Would my 14 yr old be able to handle it? There is a cover holder thing -- old owners said it was just a pain and they stopped using a cover.
Thanks so much. Sorry for all the questions.