Here is the background, my brother in law just purchased a new home with a gunite IG pool.
I do not have all of the information on the pool but this is what i know.
16' x 32' with a L and a Deepend (not sure on the size) right around 30,000 gallons according to pool store. Sand filter, in line chlorinator, non-working heater.
He has been told that his phosphate levels are through the roof because of Magnolia leaves and that this is a common problem around the Atlanta, GA area.
I have pointed him to this site but I am not sure he is not allready caught in the web of the pool store.
The pool and deck actually have several issues that are going to have to be addressed over the next few years.
1. Concrete poured solid (no expansion joints at all) from pool coping to the house. This has caused some deck damage as well as damage to the coping in places and apparently the pool itself.
2. Heater does not work and the pool is shaded most of the day, coldest pool in Atlanta are the claims.
I have told him that he needs to have some relief joints put into that deck ASAP as it is pushing on the pool and his foundation. The big issue for me is the phosphates, he is being told he needs to attempt to keep them under control with chemicals (yea right just need to keep the FC/CYA levels accurate and keep the algae from starting). He is also being told there he will have to drain and refill his pool every few years to attempt to control the phosphates, is this true? He told me that his phosphates are as high as they can be, almost off the charts. I have asked for a copy of the analysis that the pool store did to get a handle on the situation.
Does he need to drain his pool every few years to replace the water? I know that the pool will have to be drained at some point as it needs Gunite work and the coping needs to be cut and repaired/replaced.
Does anyone have any thoughts on this matter? Does anyone live in the Atlanta area that can make some suggestions or let me know if this is really an issue.
I want the niece and on the way nephew to have a great pool to swim in. I am barely keeping them on board with the pool as they have discussed having it filled in a few times (quoted $10,000 to fill in pool). I would think they should have plenty of money to repair and do upkeep on the pool, if i can help them get it under control.
Any help or suggestions would be aprreciated, I am afraid that he is going to get taken for a ride by his pool store. He has also been told that he must have a pool contractor replace the marble coping as it would require a special diamond blade to cut.