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    New pool at the new house. Pics for advice please.

    Hi everyone! I'm ready to join this little community of pool owners. So when we were scoping this house the pool was sparkly and nice. Well, after the deals were made, we went to look at again. Guess they decided that once they had a buyer, all pool maintenance would cease! Ha!

    Anyhow, during the inspection the guy noted that there may be air getting into the system as seen in the spyglass on the pool pump. Also the chlorinator lid was leaking ( maybe one has to do with the other). But other than that, all seemed well.

    So basically, as way of introduction, maybe someone can identify some of my equipment so I can make a sig with the info in it. Thanks in advance!








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    Re: New pool at the new house. Pics for advice please.

    besides your equipment, have you started reading pool-school/ and ordered a test kit from www.tftestkits.net (or from leslies, see pool school for more info)? those are the two things that are going to help you take control of this pool from the start, before it gets any worse. you will find info on leak detection there too (see paragraph 3 in the leak detection article for info on air leaks). if that is a multiple cartridge filter, make sure it has all the catridges it needs (I see two sitting out).
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    Re: New pool at the new house. Pics for advice please.

    It looks like you have a lot of the same equipment that we have. THe top photo is your pool cleaner-the phantom-it has a hose that hooks into a hole in the side of the pool, looks like a return. Ours works pretty well, (although he just got himself tangled up and managed to blow out a hole in his tail!), it has a adjuster on the side so you can make him clean the top (surface) of the water, the bottom (stays underwater) or both. We have found that ,for us, it works better if we keep him on the bottom and let the skimmers handle the top. The second photo shows what looks like a cartridge filter-big brown tub (there are two carts sitting on the ground) but it looks like you have the 4-cart size? If there are all 4 inside, then perhaps the previous owners bought two extra and rotated them to cut down on wear? The pressure gauge on the top of the filter can show you when your filters need cleaned. Once you clean them and find your "normal" number, the pressure will rise as the filters accumulate dirt. The bottom pic is of your inline chlorinator, which is where the chlorine tabs would go if you use them. Because I follow the BBB method, I no longer use mine. (You can always use it for vacations if you choose.) Hope that helped. The pool looks green, but its nothing a little POP (pool owner patience) and a LOT of bleach cant handle!!
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    Re: New pool at the new house. Pics for advice please.

    Post a pic of the labels on the filter and pump.

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    Re: New pool at the new house. Pics for advice please.

    Post some numbers if you can. Read up in pool school and make a list of your questions.

    Your pool actually doesnt look that green. It shouldnt take long to get it cleaned up !
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    Re: New pool at the new house. Pics for advice please.

    Thanks everyone, for the warm welcome. I have read through the Pool School before and I think I have a feeble grasp on things. But its a little confusing if you're not at the pool with a test kit in hand (at least for me).

    As far as leak detection, I tried the bucket method but maybe I just don't know where to pour.

    We are closing on the house the 29th but I'm making side trips to the house so the pool doesn't go down the crapper. Prior to my first post I connected the ole Phantom and kicked his butt in the pool. Then I figured it wouldn't hurt too dump some 6% unscented bleach in front of the return jets just to kick things off (2.25 gallons)

    So tomorrow I will grab a test kit and try to get some numbers for you guys.

    Here are some things I did so far:
    Cleaned out the skimmers
    Connected the pool cleaner
    Subsequently cleaned out the pool cleaner.
    Added bleach.

    I'll be back with numbers. Thanks again!
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    Re: New pool at the new house. Pics for advice please.

    I am interested to know what pool chemicals you see in storage there. Can you ask the current owner to walk you through how to maintain the pool, or request that they tell you about that during closing?
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    Re: New pool at the new house. Pics for advice please.

    The only chems I've seen hanging around was a bottle of muratic acid. As for the the previous owner, he moved out of state, so a walk through by him is out.

    I obviously want to go the BBB route since that just seems like a smart way to go.

    Test results will be posted tomorrow. Thanks all!
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    Re: New pool at the new house. Pics for advice please.

    Looks to me that all your equipment seems to be Hayward. Actually, I don't think your pool looks like it will be too bad to get back to sparkly.

    Please order one of the recommended test kits. You won't be sorry and it will really help you to learn all about your pool.
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    Re: New pool at the new house. Pics for advice please.

    I agree. If you order a TFtest kit, you'll have it by the time the house closes on the 29th......
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    Re: New pool at the new house. Pics for advice please.

    I think I will run by Leslies and grab that k-2006 that way I can get started. I know better than to ask them anything, thats what you guys are for. Ha ha. I just use the "Hand over ears-LALALALA" method if anyone there tries to draw me into conversation.
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    Re: New pool at the new house. Pics for advice please.

    I don't believe Leslie's usually carries that kit in their stores. I could be wrong, though. None of Leslie's kits tests chlorine above 5 ppm. You really need to be able to test higher than that. You are better off to order one of the kits recommended here via the links provided. The prices are better, too.
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    WaterCo Micron High Rate sand filter S750 490 lb, 4883 sq ft - using ZeoBest
    In floor Polaris cleaning system
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    Re: New pool at the new house. Pics for advice please.

    I went ahead and ordered the TFpool test kit so its on the way. Do you think it ok to keep dumping bleach into the pool in the meantime on should I just wait?
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    Re: New pool at the new house. Pics for advice please.

    Do you have any test results? We can advise better that way.

    At the very least CYA levels. then we can tell you the safest amount of bleach to add.
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    Re: New pool at the new house. Pics for advice please.

    Also you need to have a gallons estimate in order for the pool calculator to work. Do you have some dimensions of the pool, to try and calculate the size?
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    Re: New pool at the new house. Pics for advice please.

    I'm headed there now. I'll post results asap.
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    Re: New pool at the new house. Pics for advice please.

    Ok, some updates. The pool is 26,700 gallons.

    I did find some other chems, which I will post below. And a test done on a left over test kit. The results are for chlorine and pH. Looks to me like the pH is a bit high and there is a dreadfully low amount of chlorine in there. Hmmmmm.

    Picture time.
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    Re: New pool at the new house. Pics for advice please.

    Also, what I'm guessing is the first return coming from the pump spits out bubbles every 15 seconds. So obviously air is getting in the suction side somewhere. I've done the bucket test but nothing is lessening the air in the pump. I hope to God its not the underground plumbing.
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    Re: New pool at the new house. Pics for advice please.

    You need a better kit, that one's not very useful.

    What's the active ingredient in the shock bag?

    Can you get to a pool store to have them test a water sample?
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    Re: New pool at the new house. Pics for advice please.

    Ha ha. I know that test kit blows. I've already order a tfp recommended kit so it's coming. I will research that shock bag and try to find out what's in it. The earliest I can take a sample to a pool store is tomorrow morning.

    Any recommendations on supplies I should pick up while at the pool store?
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    Hayward Super 2 fall/ fountain pump
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