New here. Became an overnight pool owner when I bought the house about a year ago. I had no idea what I was doing so I used the Internet, downloaded the filter manuals, and learned how things operated. My first project was to remove the 30 ft trees that were less than 1 ft from the pool deck. I was concerned about the roots becoming invasive and this also helped keep the pool 100% cleaner. I noticed my DE filter was always above pressure, so cleaned that, and install a leafcatcher and strainer filter and that has kept the pressure constant ever since. I also have a Golden Retriever who uses the pool more than us, and this has kept his hair from entering the system. Unfortunately, the pump ran dry one day for reasons unknown, got the intake and return lines super hot and I think shrunk them. Now I have a slight leak on the return and I'm sure a small leak on the intake. My next project is to replace the intake and return lines, and put in quick connects for the pump system (pentair). I'm almost positive my pump is overrated for the pool (2HP), but it is what it is. After the pump project, I"ll need to replace the caulk between the coping and the deck. From what I read, pack it with silica sand, and Deck O Seal it up. Some of the tiles along the pool are falling off, the pool surface is stained, but the 5 year plan is to remove that and redo the entire deck/pool.
As for the things I'm doing wrong, well probably the water analysis. I keep my inline chlorinator full with tablets at all times, but honestly never test the water. I'm hoping to learn from the pro's here how to better manage this.
I'm glad I was able to find this site. I'm sure I feel like most pool owners, where I feel pride and ownership in having a nicely running pool. Now if I can only keep my dog out of it!
Thanks all for letting me aboard!