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    Oldest pool re-opening?

    We have purchased a property which has an indoor, in-ground, all cement pool. The plumbing is all metal, and the pool and all equipment look like they are in good shape. The issue; the pool has not run in 20 years! I am writing off the pump/filter/heater and probably dehumidifier. The pool was built by Betz in Southern Ontario.

    I think my plan is;


    Inspect the cement although at first glance it all looks fine.
    Look at all the plastics, replace (most likely).
    Pressure test all of the lines with air ( I guess I will have to build some kind of rig for this)

    I guess that's as reasonable plan for assessing the condition or is this a waste of time (a 20 year old pool left dry is a write off?)?

    Looking for advice.

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    Re: Oldest pool re-opening?

    hey there, if it holds water and you enjoy it nothing is a write off, new equipment and wiring should get you into a pretty good place

    You have to show us some pictures, we love old pools brought back to life
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    Re: Oldest pool re-opening?

    Looks like you have a project! Once you get all that done, come back and ask how to maintain your pool water.

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    Re: Oldest pool re-opening?

    You probably win the prize for reopening a pool closed the longest. But there are lots of pools here that 30, 40 even 50 years old and still going. Your plan sounds good. Good luck! We need to see pics of your cool, old pool!

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    Re: Oldest pool re-opening?

    Once I take possession of the property I will start keeping a log here to track progress.

    Just a quick question, there isn't any issue with converting an older pool to salt water?

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    Re: Oldest pool re-opening?

    If the surface and plumbing are in good shape there should not be an issue running a saltwater pool. Are the old pipes copper? To me the exception would be if you had cast iron pipes, but that is unlikely.
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    If your pipes are copper it is even more important to keep PH between 7.2 and 7.8. Low PH can erode copper and dissolve it into the water causing all sorts of problems.
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    Re: Oldest pool re-opening?

    Quick update:

    Invited local pool guys out to look at the system during the home inspection. The current home owner probably felt like I was parading an army through the house with all the people I brought over. The general consensus is that the pool is in beautiful shape. Everyone going on about the quality of the construction and the fact that you don't see this kind of work done very often today. The general consensus was that getting it going again would not be a problem but we will schedule pressure testing as we get closer to taking possession of the property.

    The dehumidifier is a dectron from the same era as the pool (early 80s). There must be newer/more efficient systems these days but I know squat about dehumidifiers other than the general theory.

    Was told to avoid SWG as the entire building is lined in California redwood and it risks discoloration of the wood from the salt.
    Was suggested that I consider bromine/ozone. No experience with that setup but I guess I will find out. Will get pictures on the next visit.

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    Re: Oldest pool re-opening?

    I'm not sure where they get that the salt will discolor the redwood.

    An ozone or UV system is a good idea no matter what your primary sanitation system is.

    I'm not sure bromine is where you want to go but I'll let the experts talk about that.
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    Re: Oldest pool re-opening?

    I would say since it's indoor, forego the salt. Overkill, IMHO. Plus older accessories are probably not going to be corrosion resistant.
    Just do liquid... 5 min a day... test, add. Swim!
    Get a low, base level of 20-30 CYA going and add your min of FC each day, you will lose very little daily because of UV destruction being eliminated.
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    Re: Oldest pool re-opening?

    Age of pool won't matter, mine turns 60 next year!
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