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    new pool owner

    Hi everyone

    I am QSCWBT or qwerty . Not new to forums but new to pools and this forum. I have trolled the site a bit and searched on the net for info.
    I know nothing about pools. Ok maybe a little after some searching and I understand the basics of a sand filter.
    So let me begin by giving as much info as I can.

    Pool +- 60 000 liters ( will confirm this)
    In ground pool
    Cement or plaster type pool.
    Kreepy kraully cleaner.
    Pool probably 5 years old
    Weather currently summer 27 – 34 degrees. Occasional rain with thunderstorms.
    Pool permanently have sun.
    Filter seems to be a sand filter.

    I am in the process of buying this house that has a pool. The house has been standing empty for about 3 months. And it will probably be still another 2 months before I can move in. Paper work takes a long time here.
    I do not have keys but asked the estate agent if I can “borrow the key” on a saterday to go maintain the garden and pool. I would not want to move into a jungle. This will hopefully be in the next week or 2.

    The good news is I went and peeped over the wall. (feels stupid peeping over a wall that is actually yours) and the pool after the long time and all the rain was only slightly green.
    The better news is that the previous owner left the pump on a timer so we have circulation. Yay.

    I am planning to go change the sand in the filter. I also bought a 5 in 1 HTH pool floater (has sanitizer , chlorine, shock, algaecide etc) As the house still needs to be painted I can not keep the key.
    Thus I hope the floater will keep all in tact till I move in, in about 2 months.
    I might only be able to go check once every 2nd week.

    Anything else I can do to keep it sort of clean as I can not do this daily. I have not checked the pool chemicals but will assume it has zero chlorine in it. But actually looks in a good condition. I do know that looks mean nothing.
    I have booked a pool specialist to come fix and train me the day I move in.

    So any suggestions.

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    Re: new pool owner

    Henri,

    Welcome to the forum . Don't be in a hurry to change the sand. Many of us here NEVER change the sand.......it simply doesn't wear out. It will require an inspection and perhaps some cleaning but there are many more beneficial things you could do with your time. You will need more chlorine than what you are planning on. Probably the best thing you could do is get a water sample and post some test results.....is that possible?
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    Re: new pool owner

    mmmmm i will see if i can get a sample. Might be only over the weekend

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    Re: new pool owner

    Since your pool volume is metric, is your temps metric also?
    Where are you located?
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    Re: new pool owner

    the temps i gave is outside temps but also metric. Live in sunny south africa

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    Re: new pool owner

    Since you're running in the 27ºC to 34ºC range (80ºF to 100ºF for us ºF folks) it's going to take a good amount of chlorine to keep it from going swamp. Maybe two floaters checked every couple of weeks.
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    Re: new pool owner

    the floater can be adjusted for small medium or large pools. so mine being a medium pool will it be ok to set it to large

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    Re: new pool owner

    60K liters (16,000 Gallons) is a pretty large pool. You can try setting it on large and see if it keeps up.
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    Re: new pool owner

    QSCWBT, I was in your situation last year. One thing I did that I'd definitely recommend is contact a pool profession to inspect the pool for possible problems. Additionally, I asked him do a pressure test of the plumbing. After this, you'll know what condition the pool and it's equipment is in and what kind of work you might have to do.
    19,600 gal, Vinyl, Grecian L, StaRite Dura-Glas 1 HP pump, 3/4hp booster, Pentair Clean and Clear 420 Cartridge filter
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    Re: new pool owner

    Some follow up info

    4 months later i finally moved in over the weekend.
    On friday i went to fetch the key. The pool was green with a layer of slime on top. The pool was standing for 6 months. It had a bad smell with the voyager pool cleaner dead and no circilation.

    The pool is gunite about 25 000 liters

    Added HTH shock friday night. backwashed the filter cleaned all baskets. added water. left pump running
    Saterday water turned light green smell was gone and huge improvement, added another bag of HTH shock. Added 250 g of HTH acid.checked all levels and ph was low. added PH up. Got a kreepy crawly tiger shark pool cleaner.
    Sunday midday all Levels were perfect and we were able to swim Sunday afternoon.
    Pool is clear all leves are perfect.




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    Re: new pool owner

    O i had a mate doing pools come past to check out the equipment.
    He said that the pump and sand filter is double the size required for the pool. so thats a plus

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    Re: new pool owner

    Keep in mind the HTH shock is typically Calcuim Hypolchlorite (at least here in the US), which is okay to use as long as your calcuim levels are not high. Do you know your Calcium Hardness (CH) concentration?
    TFP Expert who uses Pool School and my TF100 test kit along with PoolMath for my: Round 11K gallon AGP with deep end, 20" sand filter, Matrix 1hp 2spd, 6 2ftX20ft solar panels (and solar cover!), Intex SWCG (copper bars disconnected) and a Rubadub hot tub (chlorine). The SLAM process is not finished until: 1. CC < 0.5 ppm, 2. An OCLT < 1.0 ppm and, 3. The water is crystal clear.

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    Re: new pool owner

    i will test tonight

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