Hi everyone. Iím sure you guys see a lot of these posts this time of year, sorry for thisÖ Please bear with my noob first post. I just want to say hello & get some advice.
I just signed the purchase contract on my first house. The house will be coming with my first pool. We never had a pool growing up, so my knowledge of maintenance/ upkeep is minimal to zero.
Pool is IG, 26-28k gallons based on some paperwork I have from a work order, enclosed, gunite, the pool was renovated in 2010 (about $17k worth) The pump, filter, heat pump were replaced then. I do not know the brand & model specifics. I will find out. The pool has been winterized, but I do not think it was opened last season. The seller is going to clean and open the pool prior to our closing date. My plan is to be there when the pool company comes to do the work (seller lives out of state, so this may be hard to arrange). I am hoping the guys that do the opening, can give me a crash course on how the pump valves work, how to clean the filter, etc.
Once the pool is open and the levels are good, I am thinking of doing the BBB method as it sounds both easy & cost effective. My current hobby (about 15 years) is keeping saltwater reef aquariums. Itís a rather expensive hobby (but rewarding). I hope that this hobby will help me transition into being a pool owner. As with my reef tanks, I have no issues sinking money into quality water test kits & fully accept the need to test regularly. I assume the pool will be a similar idea. Save money where I can, donít cut corners where I shouldnít & find a community that can help me learn the difference.
I am very excited about having the pool & I think my young family will get a LOT of use out of it. (I currently pay around $140 a month for our gym memberships that we really only use to swim). Just looking for some advice on getting started on the pool venture & what to look for/ ask questions about after we get settled in.