How the Heck to Take Care of G & Z's Pool and Other Thoughts...
Stevo... this is for you!
Photos Compliments of Z!
(Hover over Z's photos for more info about them.)
I think the best way to keep this pool relatively clean is by brushing it down on a regular basis, especially if you start to see the color change to a bit of a green. The color in the photo above is from today and it is quite nice. If you take the pool brush and notice that it pushes up some greenish-brown stuff, you are noticing the beginnings of an algae bloom. It's easier to keep the algae from getting out of control around here by staying on top of the condition of the pool.
In general, the way we have it set up right now, the pressure gauge on the filter should be running at around 20 psi. If you notice the gauge running closer to 28 psi or higher, please backwash the filter.
You'll remember that we back-washed the filter together. Please remember to put a band clamp around the backwash hose so that it stays on. With this new 1 1/2 horsepower pump, the hose can fly right off, and the next thing you know, you're soaked and desperately looking for the "OFF" switch! In this photo, the backwash hose is attached and the band clamp is in place and tight. Remember to rotate the multi-port valve to "Backwash" as in the photo and to bring the blue hose in the front side yard out to the street so that the water can drain down the curb. Run on "Backwash" for about one minute, or until the little glass viewing jar is relatively clear.
The salt generator should be running at a rate to keep the chlorine content of the pool at somewhere between 1 and 3 parts per million. You can test this with the test strips that we left out for you.
We have set the pump and salt generator to run for eight hours per day and the salt generator at 80 percent. This may or may not be enough. If you notice when you stop by that the chlorine is reading low in the pool, first please adjust the generator to 100 percent. Then in a couple of days, if the chlorine is still reading low, please increase the time on the pump by two hours. This can be done by moving the little metal tabs on the dial of the timer.
Please do brush the entire surface of the pool, bottom and walls, if you begin to notice a change in color of the pool. Remember to check the skimmer basket and empty, especially if it has rained hard and a lot of leaves have fallen in the pool. However, you'll notice that, because of the way we have the plumbing right now, there won't be a lot of debris that gets caught up in the skimmer basket. Rather, all of the floating stuff that gets in the pool -- bugs, leaves, and what-not -- seem to get caught up in the small circular current by the stairs. If you are swimming in the pool and want it to be cleaner on the surface, just change the brush attachment on the long handle to the skimming net, and skim the surface of the water.
By the way, in the past we've had some issues with the pool plumbing underground leaking somewhat. This is why we've dug up the pipes in several places. If you notice the water level in the pool gets below the top of the first tile, please go ahead and fill the pool with more water up to about half way up the second tile. This will take several hours with the garden hose on full blast. So, if you notice the pool getting a bit low, it may be time to bring over a cute young lady to teach how to swim and to hang out for a few hours!
The plants around the pool and in the vegetable patch will need to be watered on a regular basis. Use your best judgment. If you find that some of the potted plants are getting too dry, don't hesitate to move them into more shady spots.
I water the houseplants once a week. The little red clover and the peace lily (the one with white flowers), tend to like to sit in water. So, if you keep the containers they're sitting in pretty full of water, they'll be nice and happy.
That's about all for now. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to call me.