I have a SWG 24000 vinyl pool here in NW Connecticut. It's a weekend house. We are here every weekend and often 4-5 days/week.
I currently pay 70 bucks/week for a kid to come by to "Vacuum pool, check chemistry, backwash sand/D.E. filter, re-charge D.E filter, clean baskets, and add necessary chemicals (chemicals extra charge)."
The kid that comes by definately doesn't do any significant testing. He does some basic tests and then calls the "Service Guys" to come over for anything I always get expensive charges for chemicals.
For instance, this week, after the kid came AND the service guys came because the kid saw something on the AquaRite panel he didn't understand. I headed them off and added my own bags of salt. I still got a 90 buck charge for the service call ON TOP OF the $70 for the weekly vacuum (dirt on the bottom of the pool 1 day after).
I don't think they deal with many SWG because they haven't cleaned the cell in 4 years. I was having all sorts of salt problems and chlorine gen problems. I cleaned the cell of the blue scale and everything is great. Tested the chem with my Taylor K-2006 and its all good (need some cyanuric acid tho).
I don't need a commercial-grade or Olympic-grade swimming environment. Just a place to jump in once in a while. No kiddies. Just adults.
I know maintaining a pool for a weekend house can be tricky. But I'm planning on buying a Dolphin robotic cleaner
Do you guys think with my schedule of coming up Thursday - Monday is enough to DIY?
I'd like to have a service company take care of my pool but it seems apparent to me that they will never take the time to get the chemistry correct if they just send a kid over AND they don't ever clean the Turbo Cell. They are just setting me up for expensive and uneccesary replacements with this tactic, right?
(I do think the company is good people. I just think their business model works for large estates where people don't care too much about shelling out a $5000/season to keep their pool going.
Thanks all in advance!