We bought our first house coming from a tiny 99 sq. metre place just 5 years ago. The house is on about 1400 sq. metres of land and came with a large pool already installed. An absolute guess is 75,000 litres or roughly 20,000 gallons. Pretty darn big by our standards for a regular home owner in South Africa.
At our first viewing, before putting in an offer on the house, the pool was a mess but somehow I wasn't too worried then (today I'd flip!). We use residual chlorine floaters here in South Africa commonly called a "Monthmate". There were like 7 on the pool floor along with leaves and debris. This caused a lot of staining and mottling on to pool floor.
Fast forward 5 years and looking back, I had mostly good fortune with a mostly blue pool. The past year though I've battled, sometimes letting the pool go completely. The Kreepy Krauly Bullshark played a large role...requiring so much effort to keep it working. Due to climbing out the pool so often, the (many times repaired) 0.75kW pump seized. I also had a leak somewhere underground and the marbellite was super porous (along with ugly stains and 20cm diameter black algae patch (more on this later).
The first pool company to quote and repair dug up the suction line and replaced it. A new pump was installed. Yet I still had air in my system with almost no suction after 10 minutes of running the pool cleaner. Next the weir was the likely suspect but I got in a new pool company for the job. They replaced the suction line of the first company (What???) and installed a new weir. At this point we made an overnight decision since the water level was so low already...the pool walls were literally crumbling from old age. We decided to re-marbellite and renovate.
3 Bag Quality sand filter (weird brand I know but pretty standard here in South Africa)
Kreepy Krauly Bullshark pool cleaner
0.75kW Quality pump
External waterproof Quality timer box
2 * Quality blue LED DC lights
Quality multiport valve
Cotswold bullnose colonial stone coping (charcoal colour)
New suction line
New return lines and valves
Cobalt blue mosaic
Cemcrete PoolCrete White Marbellite
Quality Pump Housing
Quality Surface Skimmer
Okay so *everything* new except the sand filter...which still looked new although 5 years old.
In progress pics to follow shortly.
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