From a very dissatisfied pool owner.
My wife and I are ready to get the PB back here with the dirt removal equipment and fill the sucker back in.
We are in the Houston Texas area, Pool built in fall 2008, apx 28,000 gals in ground, SWG
We are fastidious pool owners. We check chlorine and PH almost daily. We sweep 2-3 times per week.
We get to use our pool apx 6 weeks every year. Other times it is either too hot or too cold to use. When it is cool, the pool is too cool to use. When it is hot (Texas this year in particular 100 every day) the pool is too hot to use. Current pool temp is 93 in the morning, 97 at night.
The first year we were able to use the pool gave us some indication of what it was going to be like. The pool was completed after pool season 2008. on Memorial day 2009, it was 80 degrees, a tad too cool for me. On June 12 it was 96 degrees. too hot. Yes whenever we got a rain or a few clouds it would cool down to the low 90's high 80's. Quite comfortable. But aren't you supposed to be able to use the pool to get relief from the heat ? We are now in our third summer.
We run equipment at night. We have night time temps in the high 70's
We have a Pebbletec bottom. Yes it is darker than plaster but not a real dark color. We have neighbors/friends with the same color and their pool runs in the low 90's.
Yes, our pool gets full sun. Which is ironical. We live on 2 heavily wooded acres. I cannot have a garden because there is no place that gets enough sun. But the one spot that does get full sun is where we placed the pool. We thought that was the right thing to do.
I have tried running a fountain and water features at night but it had little effect. 1 degree. I would try running those during the day but now there is another problem. We are on a well with moderately hard water. Because we have had no rain, I have had to add well water repeatedly. Now the CH is up over 500. We are adding acid to keep PH low (below 7.4) and TA low.
This is too much work for the amount of use we get.
Can anyone out there suggest something to cool this pool down ? We love water temps in the 91,92, 92 range. Most people would find that too warm. Unfortunately, We are consistently 96 and 97.
AS mentioned, we know others with pools that are under similar conditions and their pools run in the low 90's. The only thing that I can think of is different is that our pool equipment sits beside our house in a protected area. There is enough air movement that it does not harm the equipment but I have noticed that the temperature never goes below 85-90 in that area at night due to the equipment running. Is it possible that could be having an effect ?
I apologize for the Angst but we really are ready to move on if we can only use the pool the limited amount of time that we have in the past 3 years.
Any recommendations or ideas would be greatly appreciated.