Hi! Brand new here and hoping for some help.
We moved into a new (to us) house last fall that has a pool. Being up in Canada, pool season is very short and it wasn't really a selling feature for us. Having said that, with the pool already here, we've decided to keep it for a year and enjoy the heck out of it, before having it filled in. So that means we don't plan to put a lot of money into the thing, other than what we have to in order to maintain it.
It was closed and covered (with the water bags holding the winter cover in place) when we moved in. We knew enough to keep the water on top of the cover pumped off periodically. We are having a pool company come in 2 weeks to open it for us and they will come every 2 weeks to maintain it. I guess we are supposed to shock the pool on alternating weeks if we're using it a lot.
So I'm hoping if I post pictures of what we have, you can all help me get acquainted with what stuff is, what it's for and what we're in for as pool owners!
First, here's the pool. It's about 18 feet by 36 feet. The shallow end is about 3 feet deep and I'm assuming with a diving board that the deep end is around 10 feet deep? Estimating around a 30K gallon pool? We're on a corner lot, so we get a lot of sun from the south and west in the afternoon. The pool also has a blue cover for the summer.
Looking the other direction from the pool is the pool shed:
Here's the inside of the shed:
So if I understand correctly, the big thing looking like a propane tank, is the salt water chlorinator?
Then the little thing on the floor is what? A pump?
And the square green thing on the right is the heater, I assume.
Front of the heater:
Taking the door off the heater:
The way the chlorinator is set up, the french is facing out, which makes things difficult to figure out. Here's the top:
I tried to take pictures of the labels in English on the other side... didn't do so well!
Looking downward at the pump on the floor:
Other misc pictures. This one is looking downward at the floor as well. They unhooked a lot of the pvc piping. Not sure why?
Chemicals and stuff:
misc stuff in case I haven't already bored you:
And there's one of these:
Like I said, we don't plan to put a lot of money into this. Just enough to keep it going for the summer. And we're hoping it doesn't cost a small fortune to heat it. Being in Canada, we're going to have to heat it to use it every time, I'm sure. By the way, we're in Calgary, Alberta, where the lows right now are about 40 and the highs are about 65.
June will be marginally warmer.
On average July and August will be lows of 50 and highs of 75. Although summer have been warmer than average. We do often get 80 and low 90's at times.
Can anyone give me a ballpark of how much this thing is going to cost to heat? Say we want to use it often, every couple days... Would we have to keep it warm since it's fairly big, not great weather and would take a long time to get up to a nice temp? I just don't know how to approach this. I looked around a fair bit on here and didn't see any threads addressing heating a pool in my climate. Pools just aren't selling features here because of the climate!
Is there anyone on here who can relate to the climate and pool size?