Opening A Pool That Has Been Covered For Over 3 Years

by Kaye D.

We are trying to buy a home that has a inground saltwater system pool. The pool has been covered with a quality liner for over 3 years.


The pool does have water in it.

What can we expect when its opened? Will the liner have to be replaced?




Thanks for the question Kaye

Without seeing the pool first-hand it's difficult to say exactly what it looks like, but I can give you an educated opinion.

Pools should be closed as late as possible and re-opened on early as possible. This reduces the amount of algae and sludge build-up. With a pool that has been covered for 3 years, I can say that you're going to have a big issue, especially with a vinyl liner and no water.

My opinion is the liner will need to be replaced. The number one rule of having a vinyl pool is to never drain it. If the water has evaporated, along with the pool being covered (sealed up) during the hot summer months, I can pretty much say the liner is shot.

I'd also look at the filter, motor, and plumbing to be sure they're operable. Once you get a new liner installed it's just a simple matter of balancing the chemicals. That was one of the more enjoyable things I did on my pool route in Arizona. A fresh refill and balance.

I'd expect in Georgia you don't have massively cold Winters so you wouldn't need to worry about the plumbing but it's always best the check everything out.

If you feel your situation is more complex than this, I do phone consultations for $35 per hour. It makes things go much faster and many people have found it extremely beneficial, saving them time and money in the long run. All your questions will be answered. I have nothing to sell you so you know I'm not bias.

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Hope this helps.

Robert

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Just Opened My Pool
by: Scott

Just opened my pool and the filter seems to be clogging easily. I backwash, twice a day and that helps. I was told, it would help, if I put chemicals directly into filter. I have not a clue how to do it! Help!




Thanks for the question Scott

First we need to determine why the filter is clogging. This can normally be seen with a working PSI gauge. What's the "just backwashed reading" and how long does it take to get 10 PSI over that reading?

For time sake I've already answered why you may have a loss of pressure or high PSI. You can find the answers in these links:

Why Does Air Pressure Build Up Inside My Sand Filter?

High Pressure Problem On A Swimming Pool Sand Filter

Clogging would indicate lots of algae and/or debris in the pool. This is just a matter of filtering and backwashing. High PSI a few hours after backwashing and a clear pool with no algae or debris indicates something else and the above links will help. Do you have a sand or DE filter. If DE you may be putting too much DE in the skimmer.

You can put chemicals straight into the skimmer but only if the multi-port valve (MPV) is on RECIRCULATE. The setting bypasses the filter and simply puts the chemicals right back into the pool. You also have much more flow because the filter has been bypassed. it's normally 1 pound of DE for every 10-12 square feet of filter space but check with your filter specs.

If you feel your situation is more complex than this, I do phone consultations for a donation of your choice. It makes things go much faster and many people have found it extremely beneficial, saving them time and money in the long run. All your questions will be answered. I have nothing to sell you so you know I'm not bias.

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Hope this helps and have a great Summer.

Robert

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