First off, thank goodness I found this site!! I first went to my local pool people and had them come out to fix a minor crack and tell me what I needed to know. Yea, they told me nothing, fixed the crack, and charged my $200!!!
Now, for my pool. We inherited this pool upon purchasing our house. I thought i was no big deal because I grew up with a pool. Of course the glisten of the water quickly made me forget that my dad took care of the pool and I had no idea what to do except swim in it!
All in all I thought I was doing ok. I let it get away from me once and it turned completely green! I decided to fight back and not let it get the best of me (after all, it is summer!)..... I balanced all the chemicals, shocked it, skimmed, and algacided it! It was crystal clear with a little cloudy sand type material at the bottom. Which when I went to vacuum it, turned the pool CLOUDY. Its blue, just cloudy. All chemicals are balanced to where they should be. Now for the worst part - my pool pump has lost its "power" - it still pumps, but with little strength and not enough to even get the vacuum going! When it comes to the pump, to me its just this fancy thing with lots of pipes and knobs, and it scares me. So i wrote down all the information I could find and hopefully someone here will know what I am talking about...
-From the pool to: Baquapure Filtration System (Workhorse Super Flow Pool Pump)... in small font on the label it reads"waterway insulated wet end pump)
-Then it goes to a, what I like to call, fire hydrant looking thing. Label says ProClean Cartridge Filter (which I assume means I am a cartridge filter not a sand filter?)... it says 75gpm, 50 psi
-Then it heads down a pvc to a small blue thing called Nature2 (nature squared)
-Then the previous owner of the house put in this home made solar heater thing where it heads down a pvc pipe to a black hose into a window box thing with lots of black hose...
- Finally it heads back into the pool!
All of the above is gibberish to me. But if you understand it I value any input you have! Basically I would just like to know:
1. The best way to maintain it.
2. Any suggestions on how to keep it from evaporating (yea, i know im dreaming)
3. Any clue on why my pump is barely pumping
I appreciate all your knowledge and thank you for taking the time to help me out!