Hello everybody. I am brand new to this pool thing. I have moved into a house with a pool, which is now so green that we can't tell if there is a sweeper on the bottom or not. A pool maintenance person whom I know and trust recommends draining the pool rather than shocking and cleaning. He's also recommending getting an energy efficient pump to save $$$ in the long run, and maybe replacing the dual Hayward Star Clear filters, since he's seen many problems with them in the past and a new STA-Rite System 3 400 sq ft unit would require less frequent cleaning.
My main question is this: I would like to get a SWG unit because I like the feel of the water. He recommends against it because he feels the higher ph associated with it means it does not adequately kill disease causing bacteria. I have seen nothing in this forum which addresses this issue. It seems everyone assumes that if no algae is growing, the pool is healthy. So what do you all think?
Thanks in advance for any input you have on any of what I've said so far.