Hello to all!
I stumbled upon TFP a couple weeks ago and have been reading almost daily since. Just closed on our house and have been a 1st-time pool owner for about 2 days now, and I'm very excited to get started on various projects. While my wife would rather have me concentrate on interior remodeling projects, I'm eager to establish a lawn and pool maintenance regimen.
Will be ordering one of the recommended test kits soon and will try to calculate the size this weekend. In the meantime hoping to get some advice to determine whether I need to get a bunch of stuff repaired/replaced, and if the prices are even in the right ballpark.
We had a pool inspection done during escrow, after which they advised the following:
-Repair/Replace old Laars heater ($300-$3000)
-Fix a leak near outlet of "Premier brass" pump ($135)
-Replace a valve on suction side ($300)
-Replace GFCI for pool light ($300)
-Patch minor cracking spa wall ($185)
-Replace Fafco solar controller ($550)
-Repair valve leak on fill system ($225)
-Replace antivortex drain covers ($250 spa, $800 pool via scuba)
This link should show you what I'm working with.
I'm told by the previous owner that April to mid-November was when they used the pool. And that they haven't used the gas heater for years, since the solar system was installed. So I'm wondering if I even need the gas heater anymore. Water is pretty cloudly and will obviously require a serious cleansing. The pool inspector suggested I take him on for a few months just to get it up and running, which I'd rather avoid if it's just a matter of following the simple directions in Pool School.
Thanks for all the helpful info already!