Bought this house with a pool 2 months ago. First time pool owner, we moved from Iowa...before the polar vortex nonsense started.
We currently have a pool guy whom we took over from the former owners, there was so much to deal with in the move I wasn't about to try and learn to maintain a pool right off the bat. Unfortunately signed a year-long contract before realizing I'm pretty underwhelmed with this guy. He comes for 5 min once a week, swaps out the tablet, skims out floaters, every so often runs a vac over the bottom. I've never seen him run a test or gather a water sample. We're usually busy running out the door in the morning when he comes, so I haven't taken the time to ask him if he even knows the numbers for the pool.
Got myself a TK-1000 and have done a few tests over the last week with results somewhat in agreement (I figure some of the error is in lack of practice on my part):
Other pool stats are in the signature.
There is an air leak in the wonky PVC plumbing near the pump inlet. There's a bunch of silicone caulk slapped around this akimbo joint, I'm thinking of just globbing some more on there until I figure out how / have time to replace the plumbing that looks like it was slapped together by Cousin Joe and is just sitting on the pavers of our patio next to the house. This results in the pump not being primed when it starts, air in the pump trap and filter housing while it runs, and little "blurps" of air bubbles every 5 seconds from the jets.
There is an SWG installed, but apparently the former owner was not using it, nor are we. Pool mechanic guy (not the maintenance guy) says it "works fine, you just need 250 lbs of salt. It'll feel better in your eyes and look nicer". Pool maintenance guy says "those things are a hassle, you have to run the pump all the time, a lot of my clients aren't using theirs anymore". On the advice of Florida Power & Lighting, I changed the pool timer from 8 hrs to 4 hrs for the winter, and 'cause it makes a lot of noise (not like bearing worn out noise, just normal running noise) sitting on the patio. I'm working from home for the time being, it was a definite disturbance.
We've had an (apparently) very warm winter in Miami and have taken a few plunges when it gets in the 80s. The water seems quite enjoyable, and we haven't noticed any real problems so far.
We plan to regularly travel overseas for extended (4+ week) periods every summer, and likely some longer (1-2 week) travel 1-2 times in the rest of the year.
Here are my questions/concerns for this forum:
- Is there anything I should be worried about/watch out for in those numbers? They seem somewhat off of recommendations here, but not radically so.
- If I do manage to get rid of the lackluster pool dude, how can I maintain the pool when we're traveling? Is SWG the only chance?
- Is it worth switching to the SWG, regardless?
- Am I doing anything else wrong?
I've already learned so much reading all of the Pool School and forum posts, thanks for everyone's openness and enthusiasm! I think this will be a fun learning experience, really wanna whip this pool into shape.