Our saga continues.
I'll be posting some test results later, but I have a pressing question.
Our former pool caretakers (last 6 years) usually spent no more than 20 minutes at our pool. It always looked great! I take it this is the average time most pool companies spend at a pool so that they can turn a profit.
So why is it that our new pool caretaker (former ones retired) is having to spend a minimum of 3-4 hours per week vacuuming our pool?
He says the testing and side brushing takes very little time. It's the vacuuming that's time intensive.
He goes on Wed's and scrubs the sides. Returns on Thurs's (so as to let whatever has been scrubbed off to settle to the bottom) and vacuums, and vacuums and vacuums and . . .
This further makes zero sense to me as I don't know that I saw the former pool co more than a couple times a year with a vacuum in the pool. They seemed to have usually done everything with a net and brush. Perhaps they did things via the TFP method, but I sorta doubt it.
We have a grand total of 3 trees in the entire yard. The only one remotely close to the pool is on the other side of a 6.5' vinyl fence, is a ginormous magnolia, and the leaves of which are huge, and maybe 3 leaves per week would wind up in the pool - easy to get out. (There is some ivy and other crud coming over onto our side of the fence from the vacant neighbor's house, but that's always been there too.)
I'm in the thick of converting our new pool guy over to "the dark side" of TFP (from 300 miles away) and will be posting the results from testing the last week or so.
But what could be causing this issue? Could a foculant be needed to help any debree settle faster?
I thought maybe the pump isn't working properly so the debree isn't making its way into the skimmer/baskets? They (and the returns) appeared to me to be working the same as previous years (laman's eyes) when we were there a few weeks ago, and pool guy believes they are too.
Could the repairs we did this spring (cracks and repainting) have caused the water flow or pull to be worse? (One would think entirely the opposite.)