hi all, just want to say thank you all for the knowledge you have provided for helping me understand how to maintain our pool. i just would like to add my two cents worth of knowledge that helped make our life easier. the pool is a 6 years old inground, gunite pool with pentair DE filter and we are the original owners. we have trees that overhang the area with morning shade and afternoon sun. we shock the pool weekly and add chlorine after vacuuming and backwashing. we get the green algea build up on the walls and bottom and i realize this is normal from the overhanging trees that drop their debris into the pool.
this past weekend as we were relaxing in the pool and using our hands to wipe down the walls, my girl leaves the pool and comes back with one of those " o-cello " sponges and starts wiping down the walls. the algea just came right off with little effort. i have been busting my hump using the brush that came with the pool with little result. from now on, i will be getting a sponge mop for the larger surface area and long handle so i can do it without getting into the pool.
i don't know if this will work for everybody and may seem obvious and simple to some, but since it worked for us and were amazed with how easy the job was to do we just wanted to share our experience.