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I am FRUSTRATED as all GET UP and CONSIDER this a DEEP END problem even though it is probably not very TECHNICAL as I'm CHEMICALLY INEPT-So apologizes ahead of time for any inconsistencys.
Here goes. Inground pool of gunite, 22000 gallons (kidney shaped with palm trees and one evergreen tree for shade) with an attached spa. The house is 25 years old and we are here 3 years. It has a heating system and a water fall and uses a chlorine system. We are located in Las Vegas NV.
Year one-beautiful pool.
Year two-problems with the pool turning green and cloudy. PHARMACIST HUSBAND handles situation with chemicals which solves the problem momentarily (2-3 weeks at a time). Time to hire the pool man who tests water and says it is OLD. He drained the water, acid washed the pool and rechemicalized it and proceeded to get a HEART ATTACK leaving his assistant as A NO SHOW. POOL TURNS BLACK within month.
Three monthslater pool man returns and restores pool at his expanse on the grounds we buy a new filtration system. Bought a Haywood 525 4 cartridge monster that LESLIE POOLS says was WAY OVER THE TOP for the kind of pool that we have. BUT WE BOUGHT IT ANYWAY.
Pool held for about 3 weeks and turned. BY THE BY we call pool man ASAP when pool turns. The response isn't the quickest but he EVENTUALLY gets here. This time it was an ALGAE problem due to the trees. Leslie Pools chemical analysis showed the tree levels were fine and so, we split the costs on the PLATINUM (?) algaecide used. Pool held a month and it rained and pool turned dark green blackish murkish. Used Aquashock to shock the pool added muriatic acid and pool was good to go for 2 weeks. Pool turns murky. Shock and muriatic acid added.
Now it may be a leak. Time for a leak specialist . FOUND a leak (so did my plumber who repaired the leak on the main line near the pool). The leak specialist requested that we compartmentalize the spa from the pool and run the spa for 2 hours 3 times a week until we repair. That was in June we are repairing the leak next week. The pool held for a month and turned. Now we are being told that we may have to redo the pool ( 2 other proffessionals looked at the pool including the engineer who inspected the house and said the pool would not need repairing for at least 5-10 years that the gunite was in EXCELLENT shape).
Aside from paying the pool man. Aside from paying for the extra treatments. Aside from adding chemicals that are pitting the pool and MY SKIN. We are PERSONALLY at OUR EXPENSE adding chlorine at midweek and buying 80 gallons of muriatic acid for onhand use. We used the hayward robo cleaner 3 times a week. We run the filtration system 8 hours a day except when pool starts to turn then we run it 24/7 until pool man comes. We clean the skimmer and the pot belly as the pool turns or after a rain and ARE NOT ENJOYING OURSELVES.
So, why the LONG POST-we are from NYC COOP APARTMENTS what do WE KNOW ABOUT POOLS other then it is costing us upwards of 3000 dollars a year to maintain and we are NOT GETTING SATISFACTION and don't really KNOW if our 30 year EXPERIENCED POOL MAN is DOING THE JOB or if WE HAVE SEVERE POOL PROBLEMS. Oh yes the pool man claims he never saw such a stubborn pool.
HELP and thanx for your patience reading the POST OF A LONG WINDED HUMAN BEING.