Hi! We just bought a beautiful new home with a beautiful new swamp. The pool has not been used in 4+ years, so you can imagine what the whole thing looks like. I have been reading and reading this site and am ready to do this myself. One problem: We called the pool guy to come and check out the equipment - it is all toast. We need a new pump, new filter and a new heater. To the tune of $4k. Yikes.
So, I am looking for some opinions on a few things he said.
1. We already bought a new pump (pentair intelliflo VS), so that is taken care of. The pool guy is recommending a new sand filter (Hayward SF244) and Heater (Rheem 266). I am not convinced we need the heater this year...we have a short swim season and want to do it w/ a solar cover & possible solar panels as long as possible. Yet, the pool guy said that he would have to re-plumb everything if we changed our minds later. Does this make sense or is it an easy add-on later?
2. He said we need a Hayward Chlorinator - ?? Is this a must? From what I read here, I dont think so.
3. He wants to drain & refill - to the tune of approx $2200 (water cost being the majority - we are on well & the iron is very high). Pool guy says the water is too old & too much muck on the bottom. I am thinking I can do it myself without draining. I have the TFT test kit & have done some initial testing - no CYA and 0 Chlorine.
Any insights would be helpful - I am very new to this, but would like to learn. My husband wants to fill the pool in. I am determined to prove to him that we can take care of this ourselves.
(I will attach pics once I take some).