I've been lurking for a while... I think it's finally time to post something. We purchased a new home (sweet right?) and close on Oct 14th. It has a pool (super sweet right?) but man I tell you what I've never taken care of a pool before. I'm not quite sure what I'm getting in to, but I'm excited that I found this site. I've already gained great info just from reading the pool school stuff and the other threads.
I don't know a lot of the specifics about the pool yet because we aren't in the house, but I do have some info:
30,000 gallon vinyl in-ground pool
Rectangular (I think it was 18x40)
The previous owner told me it wasn't much work taking care of the pool. Her routine was:
- 3 gallons of regular bleach a week
- 3 tablets in the return basket a week
- 2 gallons of bleach during the non-season
There are a lot of trees around, so skimming and getting things out of the bottom seem to be most of the work. She said there's a Polaris that does a pretty good job. No pool cover though, so it's a year round job.
I'm going to purchase the K-2006 test kit before we move in so I can get you guys some numbers, but based on her routine is there anything specific you think I should look for? It seems like a pretty laid back maintenance plan... but the water looked good when we were there.
Some other questions:
1- What's the difference in the tablets and just pouring in bleach? Why both?
2- Should I go ahead and purchase some other chemicals (besides bleach) to have them ready at move in?
3- Is a pool cover a worthwhile investment if pine needles and other debris is fairly common?
4- Would I even "close" the pool seeing how I live in south Georgia?
I know this is sort of a broad stroke thread right now because I'm not there and I don't have specifics, but I'm just looking to get a head start.