We should be moving into our new to us home that also has a pool within the next couple of weeks. It will be our first pool so its a bit freighting in making sure it does not become a headache to maintain. In an effort to learn as much as possible about pool care before hand I stumbled on this forum and glad I did! Tons of info here that it almost makes my head hurt! I have already been reading through the front page articles and several other threads here and already making sense of things. Im getting excited to get this pool in tip top shape since I know of a few small issues it has, small water leak at the pump, tile has heavy calcium build up, auto fill wont shut off, and has some light staining on the plaster. The water is clear however so previous owners are not completely neglecting it!
but I do have a couple of questions...
Is there a general list of things I should get my hands on before getting started? I know the obvious of testing kit, brush, skimming net, vacuum etc. Is there anything else that might be a good idea to have? any suggested chemicals that are routinely needed besides the normal chlorine, muratic acid etc?
As far as the pool specs I am not 100% sure just yet. Its a smaller pool which is not overly deep and I estimate it to be around 10k-12kgals or so and its in ground. It is plaster and has a sand filter. We are in AZ so we have some pretty harsh summers and our pools stay active all year long typically.
Looking forward to getting started with the advise I have already read here!