I'm delighted to discover you! Thanks for being here.
We're installing an outdoor, uncovered, in-ground pool (depth 4-to-5.5-to-4.5 for volleyball) but because we're building on a gentle slope, some of the pool is above ground (I'm sure there's a term for that but no idea).
At any rate, we've chosen our pool builder (PB). Well, maybe. On the day that we signed and felt comfortable with the numbers, the PB salesman said that because we plan on traveling during the year and leaving the pool alone that these would help with the chem regulation and should think about adding: 1) Ozone system (Paramount Clear 03 Ozone Water Purifying System) and 2) pH controller (Pentair IntelliChem Chemical Controller) to support our SWG system (IntelliChlor Chlorine Generator by Pentair).
I'm totally ignorant about this stuff and have no idea whether this makes sense.
So here are my questions. I look forward to your insights:
1) Your thoughts on adding the Ozone and the pH controller?
2) PB salesman pointed out that with pool maintenance service there are basically 2 choices: 1) Coming to test and maintain chems for about $40-$60/month or 2) the whole shebang - chems, brushing, flushing, checking and dumping skimmers, $150-$200/month).
He said that if we get the Ozone & pH controller systems, we'd only have to go with #1 and the systems would pay for themselves. Your thoughts please.
3) We're planning to splurge and get a travertine deck with travertine coping around the pool.
The pool interior would be a Marbletite finish.
I was reading on this forum that stone decking was not good with a SWG system. Is that true even when the water will not be touching the travertine?
Also, is Marbletite okay to use with SWG?
4) There are infinite discussions about chemicals and their levels. Once the pool is completed, should I be able to rely on the PB to expertly set the water balance?
Many thanks for your help!
P.S. I can't find the 'search' function on this site.