Bare with me as I am a first time pool owner who purchased a home with an existing pool, which of course means I know less than nothing about not only maintaining a pool but about the equipment as well! (I know that there are what appear to be 2 pumps as well as a "booster" pump (?) to this system and will include photos so that maybe someone can help me figure out the last few pieces of info needed in my signature.)
I hired a service company to basically get me through the "off season" so I could unpack and deal with the countless other issue that go wrong when moving without completely screwing up the pool before I could learn how/what to do. That being said I have gotten a bit of grief from friends who have learned that I am paying someone to service my pool simply because I do everything else! I install appliances, build playhouses, rewire electronics, install new lighting...pretty much any kind of home improvement or DIY project out there I will do...and even some that most folks won't mess with. My only off limit item is messing with gas. So my friends can't see why I hired someone to do something as "easy" as dealing with a pool.
All that being said...I am OVERWHELMED! I had the company give me a "pool school" but it just left my head spinning. Part of me wonders since it was the company I was going to use to maintain the pool they wanted to give me the least amount of information in the most confusing manner as possible so that I would keep using them instead of learning to do it myself. When they charged me $95 to replace a couple of O-rings that I know run about $10 it made me that much more determined to learn as much as I can.
I went out last night and noticed that the level in my spa has dropped below the jets. The spa sits about 18 inches above the pool. I filled the spa directly from the hose instead of thru the fill valve in the pool skimmers as I couldn't figure out how to get the water to move back into the spa. A couple hours later the water level in the spa was back below the jets. I haven't observed any puddling anywhere around the pool and after reading the forums I am left thinking it is most likely the check valve. So here are a couple of questions. If it is the check valve that is the problem...is it something the pool service guy should have caught when he was hear last Friday? Also, how much should I expect to be charged for it to be replaced? Once I am more familiar with my system, is this something that I would be able to replace myself?
I apologize in advance if these are stupid questions and am tremendously grateful for ANY help people are willing to provide. Also, just so y'all know I do read directions...I haven't run any tests on the water as the service company does that...so I don't have that info!