First time poster, and soon to be first time pool owner. I'm purchasing a house just north of Houston, TX with a 20,000 in ground plaster swimming pool with attached spa. I don't close until the 8th of September, but I'm trying to do my research well before it becomes my responsibility. Its an older pool, but structurally in great shape. Most of the pool equipment is also in good shape, the oldest date my pool inspector could find was 2004 on the heater. It does need a few little things for me to be happy with it, replace an air blower who's bearings are going out, add a pool timer, and refinish the concrete deck.
However, my big concern now is figuring out what I want to do for sanitation. The current homeowner are retired, and have plenty of time everyday to maintain the pool. Nothing is plumbed in now, they add chemicals manually and the chlorinator is a floater. I work a ton, and travel alot for work, so I'm trying to find the best option for me. My real issue is because of work I travel often two weeks at a time. I don't want to pay the 170ish bucks a month it would cost for me to get a pool service, so I'm looking into some type of pool automation that could keep the pool in good shape for about 2 weeks.
I've looked into everything I can find, from regular chlorine to ozone, and I realize that as much research as I can do, people that have done it awhile can give me better advice.
I do believe I will augment whatever primary sanitzation I do with a UV light, but thats just based on my own reckoning. I don't think I get a compariable amount of UV just by the water sitting in the pool during the day here in Houston, but i could be wrong.
What do you guys think would be my best option for pool sanitation that can get me by for about 10-14 days without needing manual adjustments, or chemical additions to the system?
I understand I may end up needing a system with a large liquid chlorine tank, but I also don't know if I cant just dump a bunch of extra salt in the pool before I leave and an SWG would be good to go.
Thanks in advance!