Just bought a house that has an in-ground pool. I can probably count on my fingers the number of times I've been swimming in my life, so I have no clue what to put in my signature here to help y'all out.
I hope that I can work with our local pool store to balance the chemicals. I've poked around and it seems like vacuuming and maintenance should be simple enough. I'll check tomorrow to see whether the pool store is open to test chemicals for me.
Here's what I know:
Location - NW Georgia
Average temps - (http://www.weather.com/weather/wxcli...ly/graph/30701)
Pool - Inground, vinyl
Filter - A big black bulb with a missing pressure gauge
SWG - Jandy
HP - How do I determine that? It has a AO Smith timer with up to 3 different timer settings
Size - 18' wide by 36' long plus steps at the shallow end
Depth - I'd guess 3' shallow end and 8' deep end
Age - pool was dug in the 80s. SWG and pump are less than a year old. No information about the filter.
I just took the cover off. Previous owners winterized it but left us no chemicals or anything.
It looks remarkably clean.
I poked around and played with the pool settings. I brushed the pool and a slight film or perhaps settled dust brushed clean. Then I ran the Creepy Crawly for 24hours. Cleaned out the basket at the filter.
The water is maybe a little cloudy. The pattern of the vinyl in the deep end is a little less distinguishable than the shallow end, but I'm impressed. The water seems very clear otherwise.
We have a large light blue blanket with bubbles on it like heavy duty bubble wrap. I'm assuming this is the solar cover? The cover measures 15' by 28' so it won't cover the whole pool.
Just guessing based on observation that the pool gets about 4 hours of direct sunlight a day. Huge row of Georgia Pines to the east, a single maple tree to the south, and our two-story home to the west. Previous owners say the pool temperature is only decent from June through August.
I'm frugal but will spend money of quality items. I don't think an electric/gas heater in Georgia would be worth it. I don't honestly think those little solar coil heaters could make a difference for this big of a pool with so few hours of direct light.
Does the bubble cover make a difference for temps or is that only to prevent losing heat in the evenings? The cover is not on a reel if that makes a difference.
Thanks for any feedback!