Good to know- I will try basic chlorination first and see how that goes. Not to single you out, but do you have any recommendations for good non-travertine pavers for a small pool deck? Belgard seems to be the only thing I can find.S,
Adding a SWCG system is pretty easy to do down the road..
Thank you for the advice- I will ask my PB which test kit is included in the bid and if its not one of these models, I will request it.S,
Sorry, no I don't..
No matter how you chlorinate your pool, the key to staying out of trouble is to have a good test kit and do routine testing on your own. Most pool owners that get into trouble have no clue what their chemical readings are.. They let the "Pool Boy" do it. Unfortunately, bad things do not happen to pools overnight, they often take several years. This means by the time the owner realizes there is a problem, it is often too late to fix. As long as you monitor your own pool water you can stay out of trouble no matter how you sanitize your pool. The reason everyone likes a SWCG, is because it is easiest and most convenient way to do it.
Oh, we only recommend one of two test kits... the TF-100 (the one I have) and the Taylor K-2006C (and yes, the C is important). Anything else is really a toy and won't provide you with the test data needed to keep your chemicals in balance.
I took your advice and asked to add a chiller. Goodbye budget! But I think you're right that it will be worth it. My PB won't do Glacier based on bad past experiences so he's quoting me the AquaCal TC1000.I use a Glacier Chiller which operates by a fan that cools the water. The electricity use is negligible. I honestly can’t even tell the difference in my bill and I run it 12 hours a day. It’s also ran off of my automation so it can be controlled from my iPhone.
Are these chillers also heaters or just chillers?.I took your advice and asked to add a chiller. Goodbye budget! But I think you're right that it will be worth it. My PB won't do Glacier based on bad past experiences so he's quoting me the AquaCal TC1000.
This one is just a chiller, not a heat pump. I would say more expensive than SWG from what I'm seeing on the bid. But for SWG, I can always come back and install it if I get annoyed with chlorination schedule. For the chiller, I know I'm going to want it given temps here- I prefer water on the cooler side.Are these chillers also heaters or just chillers?.
Are they as expensive as a SWG setup?
Right now, I'm leaning toward oversize 16x24 travertine coping and a 300 sqft travertine deck replacement of some existing softscape flagstones I have (see rendering). for 3 sides of the pool, there will still be yard which I haven't decided how I'm going to landscape. Open to suggestions since I assume trying to keep grass alive there will just lead to it dying due to water splashing.What are the preferred choices for pool decking? Is there some kind of soft surface for kids to run around or is pebble aggregate / pavers what people like?
From the picture, it appears like you've used normal slab stone around the pool?
I'll send a picture once I'm at home. To me the game changer is that I won't have any cool, dark outdoor storage for chlorine so I'm going to have to lug it around the house if I don't go SWG. I'll end up bleaching everything in sight.You will feel a difference in the water once you get out, but usually it is a good difference as your skin will feel smoother/silky. You could add salt to a bathtub at ~3500 parts per million (right at the point you can barely start to taste the salt) and see what she thinks.
As for the waiver, not really sure what to tell you there. Your travertine decking is rock and will be fine (otherwise the oceans would have dissolved everything millions of years ago). For your equipment, I wouldnt be worried about actual damage, but what does the waver say? Does it completely void your warranty?