I am a member of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, Brunswick Lodge 691. We have A 50' x 25' old plaster pool (from 4 to 8.5 feet deep, I figure it's about 55,000 gallons) that is currently being serviced by a local pool company. It has a large tablet chlorinator (about 4' tall and 5 or 6" diameter), a really big but old sand filter, and a relatively new Hayward pump on a mechanical timer. Just yesterday, we invested $1,100 in new chairs and lounges with metal frames. We spend upwards of $1,600 per season on the pool service which includes chemicals. I just got put in charge of it, so I am going to need to "pick some brains" around here. My experience is only with my little above ground Intex per my signature.
Let's talk potential conversion to SWG system and maintenance.
1. To convert this system, I understand that all I would really have to do is to replace the tablet chlorinator with an SWG unit. What SWG unit would be appropriate and what would be a realistic cost?
2. We have metals ladders, a stone/brick edging around the pool and a painted concrete-type deck (not sure what material is under the paint) and, as stated, really old equipment. Will the salt corrode this over time and if so, how much time?
3. The pool service is going to come once per week and spend no more than 45 minutes. What should I expect him to do for his $30/week fee?
4. What do I need to be doing on top of what he does? I figure, I'll have to vacuum the bottom of the pool, clear leaves out of skimmers, etc., but what else?