My name is Jon. I found this site a few months ago and I hope that this place is going to make my life easier.
I bought my home in 2010. The swimming pool and spa and beautiful patio and large oak trees were love at first sight for me. Ive never owned a pool, but I love the water! My hobbies favorite hobbies include boating, fishing and camping. I grew up spending as much time as possible at the neighborhood pool, and I was on my high school swim team for four years (class of '91).
The first few years, I had very little trouble keeping my pool sparkly and clean. The last two years, well family dynamics changed drastically, and I have had less time and desire to care for my pool as much as it needs. This year I completely lost control. Ive had a green monster since around September. I did my best to keep the leaves out though throughout fall. All of the leaves have fallen, so I am trying to get my pool back in order.
I leave my pool open year round. My patio setup with the spa waterfall, and pillars along one side of the pool make it very difficult to cover, and after trying that once I decided that it is just easier (and more attractive) to just run it all winter. I also want to keep the spa open all winter, so that in itself, sort of makes my decision to keep it open.
The pool is so bad right now, and I've already wasted so much money in chemicals to no avail, that I have begun draining in attempt to just start fresh. I spent the past weekend power washing the deck (sandstone) and after the last couple of feet of water are removed I am going to power wash the pool. Hopefully I will be able to start refilling tonight or tomorrow.
I understand that adding new water comes with its own trials, and that is why I am here. I want to get it right from the beginning, so I will probably start a thread of my own once I have read up on other peoples experiences and learn this boards structure and ettiquette.
Anyhoo, please be patient with me! This appears to be the right place for an eager learner!