Our water temps have been reaching almost 60 on nice days so I need to get my butt in gear. I've been collecting clearance pool chlorine all winter and have a small stash, but I will definitely need more for the summer. I found concentrated chlorine powder, will it work or does it add the stabilizers and other stuff like the 3 in 1 tabs? (I have a whole pail of those that I am going to use only while we are away, the hate for them is real! I've even converted my anti-liquid husband)
Next up is an automatic vacuum, suggestions for a decently priced one, I don't want to kill the bank account. We don't have many trees left so leaves will be at a minimum and we keep a solar cover on it most of the time but we get a slime on the bottom from airborne dirt and gravel dust settling to the bottom. The floor isn't perfect because the location was supposed to be temporary, but will be more permanent as of right now, and has a cove around the edge.
Heaters: We wanted a heat pump but we're told a propane would probably be a better choice because the heat is more instant. We don't have natural gas service or propane currently, but propane would be easy for us to install. Is one better than the other for a South Dakota summer, and how big do we realistically need for a 30ft 54" pool? We have a lot of nice September days but the nights get so cold we can't maintain the water at swimable temps.
Lastly, our pool is not recommended for saltwater but I'm seriously considering it, how fast will it wreck it? Our 3 year old was diagnosed with cancer on Christmas and her skin is super sensitive to everything with chemo, would it be worth it to convert it, or just be really diligent with testing and keeping the chlorine at a minimum?
I think that covers everything, thanks in advance!