Newbie Pool Owner - Remodel Help

sumnerkjrApril 7, 2012

So we just purchased our first home with a pool. It looked like it was in fair condition, but the pool inspection revealed that the plaster is bubbling and cracking. In addition, the filter was dirty, pumps outdated, on and on...

I have come to grips with the fact that we are going to have to spend some money to get the pool back into pristine condition. My overall question is: How much?

Specifically,

1. Is pebble-tec, pebble-sheen or other aggregate materials that much better than plaster, or would any money be better spent in upgrading the equipment?

2. It appears that energy efficient systems are much more costly than some "older equipment" -- are they really that much better or is it advertising hype?

3. Assuming we have to replace EVERYTHING, what kind of system should I be looking for?

Some Pool Basics. I believe it is aprox 33,000 gal in ground pool with a spa. It was a bromine pool (apparently the bromine part is leaking badly). The tile and coping look good. It has a waterfall as well. The heater started smoking when the inspector turned it on....lots of fun.

What I would like. As easily maintained/low effort pool as possible, salt water system, efficient heating and pumps that will not make my energy bill go through the roof (are these onymoroms?). Some kind of aerator to cool off the pool, DE filter?, remote control.

Any suggested systems/setups and approximate costs? Any recommended remodel companies in Sugar Land, Texas?

Many thanks in advance!!

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poolguynj

High aggregates such as PT and Wet Edge do last a lot longer than plain plasters. When you dump the water to do the plaster, you can change to chlorine.

The energy efficiency is a matter of economics. There is no single answer. The biggest variable is the cost of power followed by the hydraulics of the pool.

Bromine cannot be stabilized like chlorine can be. The Sun burns it off fairly rapidly.

The heater likely just needs the heat exchanger cleaned out. The big question there though is what caused it to get sooted up to begin with? If an inadequate gas supply did it, what will it cost to fix? This could be a gas line size issue, a meter size issue, or a combo of the two. It could also be a choked off air supply issue too. The only way to find out is to have a heater tech check it. BTW, white smoke is usually indicative of a leak in the heat exchanger dripping water on the burner(s) and black/gray smoke is a gas/air mix issue. Age plays a part in deciding if it's a fix it or replace it decision.

If you have a substantial and southern facing roof face, you might want to look at a solar panel solution for warming the pool in the days of cooler temps or running the pool at night to take advantage of the cooler nights cooling the pool in the Summer.

Generally, in areas of drought, large cartridge filters are a good idea as they tend to require the least amount of fill water. A nice alternate is Pentair's Quad DE filter with a DE alternative. I like the 80 and 100 square foot versions. But if you are have a different automation brand, we would certainly need to know that so everything matches. Most manufacturers offer an extended warranty when a pump, filter, and any other new item are installed. Since you are adding a salt cell, this now becomes a smart thing to consider.

While the net is nice resource for finding items at lower costs, you are unlikely to get a real pro to install the gear meaning you would have to and from your questions, I would say you are not qualified. Getting the pricing from a few of the contractors in your area is, IMHO, the proper route.

Scott

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