Hey all, I'm an (almost) new pool owner, as we're under contract for a property that has a pretty nice gunite pool setup, which I unfortunately know very little about (and have never owned a pool). I'll be working with the current owner to learn more, but had a few questions I wanted to bounce off your collective expertise (and please see included photos taken just before closing this year for reference).
- Landscaping that close to the water - Any particular chemical levels or other items I should pay attention to? Obviously chlorine.. My initial thought was plant life that close might drive an increase in likelihood of algae growth...? And the viney plants / moss on some of the rock features, any concern there? Should it be removed?
- Cover - Current owner drains ~18 inches, winterizes, keeps an eye on leaves during the fall and just lets it freeze. With those rock features and non-standard size, is it worth it at all to look into some sort of custom pool cover?
- Fencing - There is perimeter fencing on the property (~2 acres) but the wife really wants some other sort of fencing around the pool as we have a 2.5 year old, and she's worried about her, as well as friends that come over. Obviously we've done swimming lessons and will continue with those, but I'm kind of at a loss for ideas on how to fence this thing and what that would even look like... Really appreciate any ideas here.