My husband and I have had our pool for the past couple of years. And honestly, my husband HATES it, and that is an understatement. He actually wishes the ground would open up and sink it South. But that is pretty much because we can't quite seem to get it to be very little maintenance and always open with problems, no matter how clean it is when we close it late in the season.
Right now, we seem to be at an impasse with algae. It is beating us down. We have put over 28 gal of liquid shock in, a bottle of Algae killer, and several packages of Super Shock and Superfloc once it went cloudy white...only to have the green come back (my husband swears a male and female were hiding somewhere waiting). We have had our water tested several times, and even the people testing are confused because we have a chemically PERFECT pool. The temp is perfect here, not too hot. So we are really confused. But I hold out hope that we are close to finally getting it under control. We are going to vacuum again today...and hopefully get the rest out.
But I think our pump is what causes us the most concern. We have a 2 speed pump by Hayward. We got it when the pool was installed in 2013. And since the day we got it, we have ran it on high. Now the Great Escape tells us that this pool is a 2hp/2.25hp pump, but I do not believe that at all. Because when we run it on low, it only gets about 5psi. And when it is on high (which is what they have told us to run it on 24/7) it gets about 20psi. Obviously, the low is NOT only .25 hp lower. So we are curious, since running it at 24/7 causes our electric bill to skyrocket (another reason my husband wishes it would float away) every month, should we run it on low, only a few hours a day, or both? I will say that we have NO IDEA what the GPM is for the pump, but the sand filter is 25.
I am really interested in what everyone has to say...I am holding out hope that the Algae problem is gone, so I would like to really address the pump first. Thank you and have a good season everyone!