We just moved into a house that has a 30,000 gallon (20x40) pool, it has a liner I believe on a fiberglass base. The hot tub is a "hotspring" 6-person tub. I have very little idea of what to do, and am stressing out about ruining the pool and hot tub, I mean I did fail chemistry in High school! I have begun reading through this website and it seems the only way to maintain it properly is to get a TF100 test kit to do a proper maintenance as weekly or bi-weekly pool store test visits are too few and far inbetween.
The previous home owner said it was good to go and everything was done correctly as of Saturday evening. He gave me a really quick run-down on how to maintain but I am still trying to understand.
Hot Tub (400 gallon)
1. Put 1 Teaspoon of Chlorine before each use in the filter bay.
2. Put 1 Tablespoon of Sodium 60 every week in filter bay.
3. Run the clean cycle once per week.
4. Clean Ceramic Filters every couple weeks and rotate them clockwise.
5. Empty the entire hot tub every 4 months.
He says it has an Ozone-ator that bubbles up so it helps the hot tub to be very low maintenance. Suggested a temp of 103 during the winter and 100 during the summer.
Swimming Pool (20x40, Liner, 30,000 gallons, Sand Filter, Chlorine, Polaris Cleaner)
1. Weekly Backwash for 60 seconds / Rinse for 60 seconds / Back to Normal Filter.
2. Chlorine Tabs (3") use 2-3/week during the summer, and 1-2/week during Winter.
3. Liquid Shock use 1 + 1/3 gallon all at once/week during Summer and 3/4 gallon/week during late fall/early spring. And 1/2 gallon/week during Winter.
4. "Premium III" Algaecide use 13oz/week.
5. Take water to pool store every week or two to test.
It seems pretty easy, but almost too easy based on his notes. You just walk around the pool edge dumping the chemicals. I am about to order the TF100 test kit so I can check the chemicals/water. He currently has the pumps running for about 12 hours/day and the polaris set on some weird timer where it "cleans" for 8-hours every 36-hours. The pool bottom tends to look pretty dirty before each cleaning cycle with debris and leaves. Would you recommend I change it to more often?
The other issue is the backwash, can the pool water be used to water grass without ruining it? I hate seeing 50 gallons of water go to waste every weekly.
If someone could look over the list I was given and provide any suggestions or advice I would appreciate it.
I look forward to making a home here and hopefully, someday, to be a quality contributing member!!!