My wife and I just bought a house with a pool and I have never maintained one in any way. I have read all the pool school articles and talked to several other pool owners and companies and seem to get a lot of conflicting information.
We live in Dallas, TX. Moved into the house on 1/3 of this year. The previous owner had a pool service so I elected to just continue with that company when we moved in. I am currently on their bi weekly plan that they told me would be fine for the winter months. I would like to learn enough to maintain the pool myself at some point so I’ve been reading.
So far I have replaced the timers on the main and Polaris pumps as recommended by the pool inspector to added freeze protection and slaved the Polaris off the main pump. I have also purchased one of the recommended test kits from the pool school and waiting for that to come in.
I am a consultant and travel for work. I am usually out of town Monday – Thursday. The BBB method sounds like it requires daily monitoring and adding of chemicals and that is not possible for me. It sounds like the tablets in the floater are not a good solution because of the increase in CYA. I was reading threads about this and noted people suggesting liquidators, injection systems, and SWG. These look to be expensive solutions and have no idea which would be best or right for me.
What really has me confused is the pool company is telling me that once a week service during the summer should be fine for water chemistry and I just need to keep leaves out of the skimmer basket.