My house came with a pool. And a leaf skimmer. And a pool service.
I'm a little disappointed in the pool service. For starters, they relied exclusively on a floater with pucks for chlorination, so now I get to deal with the high CYA. When he showed me which valves worked what, I asked about the pressure on the filter - it seemed high, about 24 psi. He said that was normal.
There was a pipe leading from the backwash valve to a sewer. It got broken off, and no word was said. I also noticed the air valve on the filter leaks, just a dribble. It has a tiny crack. I have located the best price on a replacement, and was about to order one.
I bought a brush and a vacuum head, and a hose. The vacuum plate is another story, as the skimmer has ears sticking up and there is no block off for the main drain. I'm still trying to figure a way around that one.
I also need a longer pole - the one that was here isn't quite long enough - I end up on my knees reaching way out to hit the deepest part of the pool.
I ordered a good test kit the other day.
This morning I went out back and saw that the filter had been backwashed. The DE crust on things says it all. Filter now reads 16 psi....
I called the pool guy. He said, yes, they backwashed, 16 is normal (I thought 24 was?) but they hooked a hose to the outlet and ran it out to the street. I asked if that was legal, and he said, "Legal? Well, I dunno, but no one's gonna notice." Like I really need some environmental agency climbing on my back for dumping chlorinated water into a storm drain that ultimately flows to the creek and then the ocean.
I know I'm going to fire the service as soon as I can get things organized so I can vacuum myself. I was going to wait a couple months, so the pool will get cleaned while I'm on vacation in April. Now I'm not so sure I want to wait that long.
Any comments? Mostly I just needed to vent.