I bought a house with a 50 year old, 20x50 gunite in-ground pool. When we were looking at the house the selling realtor told us they didn't open the pool last season. During inspection, the sellers then said it hadn't been opened the "last couple of seasons". After moving in, the neighbor says "they haven't opened the pool in at least five years...
So, we knew going in that we will probably need the pool resurfaced and talking to a few people, sounds like it is going to be around $10,000. Additionally, the deck has some sort of pebble coating, which is coming up and feels like gravel. I tried turning on the two pumps, neither of which seem to be working (one is missing the lid).
The good news is they did have a pool professional open and close their pool so it was properly winterized and it has had a cover on it. I talked with a resurfacing company who is quite busy at the moment and they suggested opening the pool for the season and look to resurface later this year. I talked with the guy who used to deal with their pool and he had me fill up the water level, but he said he was going to come over a couple of times but keeps putting me off.
Here's the list of what I see needing:
1. Pool test kit (I used the Taylor K-2006 when I used to lifeguard) ($60)
2. New pump or two ($?)
3. New chlorinator or salt water system ($?)
4. New pool resurfacing ($10,000?)
5. Decking replacement ($?)
6. My wife and I are concerned about safety so we are going to either add a fence around the pool or an automatic pool cover (talked to a fencing company who said it would be about $4000, maybe about the same for an automatic cover)
My questions are:
1. Does any one have reccomendations on brand of automatic pool cover? Experience with pool covers in general?
2. Does anyone see any potential issues with this current setup we should watch out for?
I think the plan is to try and open this year and get a feel for everything that needs to be done, and then hire a company to resurface, do the decking and landscaping.
Thanks to all, great forum!
Since a picture is worth a thousand words, here's the pool and some pictures of the filter/heating system: