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    New Pool Owner needs help.

    Hi!

    I just took possession of a new home in Murrieta with a pool. I have never owned or maintained a pool before so the task seemed intimidating at first. So I fell back on what I do when am at a loss for knowledge poured into google, and ended up in this wonderful forum.

    I have been reading a few posts while we were closing escrow, but now I have full possession of the home and pool and I'm ready to dig in. I snapped a few pictures of the plumbing system to see if someone can make sense of it.

    Plumbing:
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    Re: New Pool Owner needs help.

    Welcome to the forum. You'll need to be a little more specific. Ask a couple of questions rather than ask someone to identify and explain your whole system
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    Re: New Pool Owner needs help.

    Hello and welcome to TFP! Before I head-off to work, I'll try to get you going a bit. First thing .... you must have the right test kit. Don't fall for "free" testing at the pool store, you'll dump money there with less than favorable results. Please see the TF-100 link below in my sig. As for your pics and equipment:
    PIC 1: Filter on the right with pressure gauge. We advise to clean filter when pressure increases 25% over "clean" pressure. Square item to the left appears to be a heater. Cylinder item on top of heater looks to be a chlorinator to dispense chlorine. That white box in front looks to be a controller or power panel perhaps for automatic timing and such.
    PIC 2: Just another pic of the same
    PIC 3: That top row of piping is going back to the pool & spa. The flat part of the handle is the closed position. In the middle means water is allowed to flow to both locations.
    PIC 4: Down below you have your pump. The pipes going to the pump are from your pool & spa with a valve to adjust suction from either location. That clear lid on the pump is to your strainer basket to catch debris that gets past your poolside skimmer. It needs to be emptied once in a while with pump "off". There should ALWAYS be water running through there to keep pump cool. Too many air bubbles can be a symptom of something wrong. That valve to the top right adjusts water going back to the pool or something else - either a water feature or pressure side port for cleaning.
    PIC 5: Closer shot of what appears to be an automated chlorinator.

    If I missed something, someone else will correct me. Make sure to get that test kit and read the Pool School page for an understanding of what pool chemistry is all about. (Link below) The other links in my sig are important to you on an almost daily basis, so save them to your desktop as well.

    Lastly, please add your pool info to your signature by going to the top of the TFP web page (just under the Pool School button) and select "SETTINGS". On the next page look to the left for a menu bar that says, “MY SETTINGS” and go to "EDIT SIGNATURE" to enter your pool and equipment info there. It will help us later. This link may also help you: Pool School - Read This BEFORE You Post. Welcome!
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    Re: New Pool Owner needs help.

    HI! I wonder if this will help?

    Pool School - Basic Pool Care Schedule

    You are doing good so far. We just have to find a way to keep it going when you are away for a while.

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    Re: New Pool Owner needs help.

    Thank you to all, I have read the pool school and its very informative I must say it has cleared many misconceptions. Texas splash thank you for your detailed information I will keep reading up and I appreciate all the help.

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    Re: New Pool Owner needs help.

    Welcome to TFP!

    Don't be afraid to turn those valves and see what happens. That is the best way to figure out what valves do what.

    Start here for taking care of your water, Pool School - ABCs of Pool Water Chemistry

    A good test kit is the most important part of taking care of a pool. We only recommend test kits that use Taylor drop based testing because they are the most accurate and they are easy to use. The Taylor K-2006 (I like the C because it has bigger bottles) or the TF100. Both are available at TFTestkits.net and the Taylor kit is available elsewhere also. I have used the TF100 for for 4 years with great success, it comes with more of the tests you need and refills are available.
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