Okay about 6 months+ ago we bought a house with the pool when I had 0 experience with a pool. Within a month I had multiple issues with mustard algae and I finally went as far as scrubbing the entire pool down and draining the entire pool. I then refilled it and since then I have been on the pools chemical levels like no tomorrow. I test it every few days. I check the Chlorine feeder every few weeks as I have to open up the pipes to get to it and it seems to hold enough for a month or so.
It has been wonderful enough that now my kids are now becoming fish, especially my daughter.
This brings me to today. So far the water is crystal clear, except the top film that I am cleaning off daily!
Right now I am running the pump 12 hours a day after being told my 6 hours a day was not enough (this is what it was set to when I bought the house). I have the heater on (I was told until the end of April for our area in central Florida) and I am noticing that every few weeks the water is low enough on the skimmer that I have to add more water to the pool. I am not seeing any pipe leaks outside my pool. I have the water split between the blade and the jets. Is this normal for running a heater? I was thinking maybe with the warm days and cold nights I may be getting evaporation from the heated pool into the air at night? I don't know where else the water could be going if I am seeing no leaks anywhere.
Also the other thing I am noticing is even with the pump running and chemicals all in the right levels there is a slight film and dirt particles on the top of the pool even under our screened in porch. Now I have had someone say if I got a vacuum and it ran this would take care of it but this brings me to the next question. I have a series of 5 pop up jets in the bottom of the pool and I was told those were to make this not needed? So if a vacuum is not needed then why do I seem to keep noticing particles on the bottom of the pool (e.g. If I take a pool brush I can make the water cloudy when brushing the bottom, you can feel it on the bottom if you walk but mainly on the edges of the pool) So are these "jets" on the bottom of the pool REALLY a vacuum replacement? If they are not and I should be getting one will there be issues with these pop up jets and a pool vacuum? Lastly how does a pool vacuum that is submerged deal with the particles on the TOP of the pool? I still don't understand how this is supposed to work. I do use the pool skimmer net but this seems to only get about 80% of it and the rest kind of swirls around and some of course then goes to the bottom.
Help me understand 1) Why I have to keep filling my pool with water every few weeks. 2) Why the lower pop up jets don't seem to clean the edges of the pool? 3) If I need a vacuum will these interfere with the pop up jets? 4) How to address the top "film" of dirt outside of daily manual skimming with the net that only seems to get about 80% of the gunk off it?