Hi TFP friends,
You all have helped me tremendously over the past couple pool seasons. I am ready to raise my white flag in surrender right now, though. I am having a terrible time keeping up with the pool for numerous reasons, so I'm coming to you all for guidance, one more time.
My biggest problem is financial. While I understand that once a pool is balanced, it takes very little $$ to keep up with it, I'm having trouble getting TO that point. Our family budget has gotten to where there is NO wiggle room. (I'm actually thinking that we can't afford this house and the pool anyway, but in the mean time, I need to keep it under control so that if we DO sell, the pool is a selling POINT not a drawback~!) So every time I have to buy extra bottles of bleach, I can only think "wow, this really isn't in the budget. What's gonna have to go by the wayside this month? OR "payday is Thursday. guess it will have to stay green a day or two more."
It's an inground, unscreened pool with a SWG. I think part of my problem is I don't even know if the SWG works! I never seem to have enough chlorine in the pool when I test, so I end up dumping bottles of liquid chlorine in, which is costly. I know that I need to filter, filter, filter, which I do, but then I worry about the electric bill going up!!!! We've had a tremendous amount of rain, so my salt level is constantly getting low, too. so add more salt!
I'm going to run up to the store for some more bleach right now, and I will test when I get home. I guess here's what I'm asking:
What do you do when you can't "afford" your pool??
Since I seem to treat this as a non-SWG pool anyway, should I just go that way?
Sorry, this sounds pretty whiney. It's a beautiful pool when it's clean. We have 3 little ones and I hate telling them, 'sorry, no swimming because the pool looks like a swamp'.
I'm overwhelmed at this point and dont' know what to do next.
Any advice is welcome. (I will test and post numbers in a bit.)
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