I became a pool owner in October 2009 and so far so good. Just found this website and there is some great information.
So far my 'system' is based on the advise of the previous pool owner, and is working well. However, I thought I'd get some feedback on what I've been doing, as it is a bit less in-depth than what I have read here so far.
My chlorine is added by a floater with 3" tablets. The only testing I do now is with a cheapo Leaslie's OTO Kit (TAC and pH only) which I use once a week. I have to add 1/3 gallon of Muriatic about every 4-6 weeks.
Right now (HOT summer) I am running the pump for 12 hours (6am-6pm) and the Polaris a total of 4 hrs a day.
The pool is being used very frequently, so I have been shocking weekly. I use 2 bags of Chlor Brite or 2 bags of Power Powder Plus (Power Powder every third week). This is based off the previous pool owners advise.
I cleaned the filter back in early May (when the PSI spiked). The starting pressure after cleaning was 4 PSI. I backwashed for the first time about 5 weeks after the cleaning, the pressure went down to 6 PSI.
The pool is low pressure, but gets good flow from the return jets. There are very few dead spots (small area on steps and right behind the return jets).
I brush the pool once a week, and generally find small traces of algae (on the steps or in the imperfections of the plaster walls). It brushes off easily. The pool really needs to be replastered. The current plaster is about 11 years old and is discolored, but really it's just cosmetic. There is one small spot on the floor where a small bit of re-bar is exposed, causing an unsightly rust stain. I plan to resurface this coming winter.
The water stays crystal clear with my current system, but is there something I am neglecting? Is the amount of time I run the pump and how much shock I use typical or is it compensating for lack of other treatments?