I just purchased a used home with a pool. The previous owner had a pool cleaner full service weekly. Well, I'm not about to waste anymore money on them and let them go today after observing them for one month. All he was doing was netting out debris, empty skimmer basket, empty pump filter, and adding one chlorine tablet each time. I'm sorry, but I can do all that and save me $45/wk.
The first day he came, pool was somewhat green with FC of 0. All he did was put in 2 tablets. I took water sample test at Leslies and they say he should have shocked my pool. How can putting in a couple of tablets bring my FC up? Tablets only maintain FC right?
He was also quick to tell me that I had a water leak the first day since he never seen the water that low before. Little did he know the previous owner had moved out over a month and wasn't filling the pool weekly. I verified by doing the bucket test and its from evaporation.
Also, he jumped to conclusion that my chlorinator was broken. I adjusted some return valve and chlorinator works just fine.
For now, I'll put in 1/2 pound a shock a week and 2 tablets. That should keep my FC up. It's blue now and last test FC was at 2.0.
15K gallons pool.
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Also, How much gas money do you think it cost from the water heater to operate the Spa for about one hour? My brother say $50 each time. I say $10 or less. I looked at my gas meter while spa is on and it's spinning fast! I compared by turning all four gas burner from my stove and didn't spin anything like that. Probably about a quarter time slower compared to the spa.