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Old 11-15-2015, 03:05 AM
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OK, first off let me say, we moved into a house with an older in ground pool, lots of trees, saltwater, and I can't stand to do any of the maintenance on the pool at all. I'll skim the pool when needed, clean out the basket, and back flush about once a week. But, as far as the chemical aspect of it, I'm clueless, and haven't taken the time to learn. A 60-70 hour workweek, plus 3 kids, I haven't really taken the time to learn.

So, i know I'm not the only one who has been paying someone $100-400 a month to come and take care of the pool, and tired of doing so.

Started looking online, found Phin, a thing you drop in the pool to monitor the water and hooks you up with a monthly chemical subscription. It is on preorder right now, supposed to be shipping in Feb 2016, works off of wifi/bluetooth and tells you when you need certain chemicals, of which they ship to your door. All for $399/year.

So, I'm sure there or more of us then not that have a pool on this site, just thought I would pass along the info, guys running it are from Apple/Google, seems legit, they have won a ton of innovation awards due to this project.

www.Phin.co

I have zero affiliation with this site, or product, just thought I would pass along the info
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Old 11-15-2015, 03:20 AM
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Dam 100-400 is high. I pay 60.
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$400/yr +++ buys a lot of products for one swimming pool. You should learn how to test the water chemistry. Saltwater pools are the easiest to maintain especially if their vinyl.

Basically you'll be monitoring the salinity and chlorine stabilizer about once a month
Weekly you be testing pH, alkalinity and chlorine levels.
If your pool is plaster surfaced you will also need to monitor your calcium hardness once a month.

Get a Taylor K-2006 kit on Amazon to test your pH, alkalinity, chlorine, chlorine stabilizer and calcium levels
Get a Taylor K-1766 to test your salinity level

You can then enter your readings at poolcalculator.com
or if you have a droid you can download an app SimplePool

When you enter your pool capacity in gallons, surface (vinyl, plaster) then your readings it will calculate for you what products to apply.

If you use poolcalculator.com you will need to also enter your desired level. If you use Simplepool app you set the default to Troublefree Pool levels.

More good info at troublefreepool.com

Do yourself a favor and don't let pool stores tell you what products you need.

Btw, you don't need to back wash once a week. Once a month should be fine. You must have a sand filter since you didn't mention adding DE after back washing.
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Agree with www.troublefreepool.com I have a salt water pool and I probably only put $100 in chemicals all year and I do not backwash all season and my pressure gauge rarely ever moves. My pool is newer so maybe that helps but it is pretty easy to maintain.
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I pay $48 a month. People come once a week and provide all chemicals. I skim the pool
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This will not replace regular testing and if you rely solely on it you will eventually damage your pool.
LOT more to water balance than maintaining Ph.
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It has more than that, monitors chlorine levels, when to shock, and the PH. I can't find a cheap, reliable pool service in South La, Florida, Ala, and other "sunny" states will have a lot more competition that down here. There are about 3-5 pool services in Lafayette, and they all charge roughly the same price. The first one we used, charged $120/month, plus chemicals, and wouldn't show up, finally called them, after they billed me for a month when no one showed, and they admitted their mistake. Move on to the second one, who is now up to $170/month, with chemicals, and for the first "service" was $350, total bill for using them for 6 weeks was $470. I am still going to get the home chemical testing kits, and double check to make sure, but bringing the water to a pool company to buy their chemicals doesn't sound all that trustworthy. and $400/year, with the chemicals may or may not work, but it's worth a shot.
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Originally Posted by doobs41378 View Post
Agree with www.troublefreepool.com I have a salt water pool and I probably only put $100 in chemicals all year and I do not backwash all season and my pressure gauge rarely ever moves. My pool is newer so maybe that helps but it is pretty easy to maintain.
Sand filter or DE filter ?
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I was maintaining my pool of roughly 28,000 gallons and it was cheap. Its a time issue with me though, vacuuming takes forever, my pool is not caged, constant monitoring due to rain\sun\leaves\dirt, etc. I broke down and am paying, what I think is outrageous, $125\per month. They brush, vacuum, and maintain chems.
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When you consider the costs -ins, wkr comp, fuel, wages, govt.BS,taxes, chems. equipment, etc.- to put a guy/gal in a truck and send them to a jobsite, that $125 divided by 4 (assuming once a week service) isn't too profitable. You will likely see a tech. that is paid very little and therefore not very skilled and spending more than a 1/2 hour onsite means losing money.
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Pool care is easy...if you ignore the pool store people. Especially if you have a salt pool.

Stay off THT for a couple nights and read up at Trouble Free Pool

Buy a good test kit from TF Test Kits

Get one of the kids to skim the pool and buy a automatic cleaner (the little 'robot' vacuum thing that cleans the bottom).

If you read up on the Chem subscription at troublefreepools you see why it isn't really the greatest idea...besides being expensive.

It really is easy if you'll take a little bit of time to learn. I've taken care of mine for a year now...perfect water, all the time, very little time commitment and very little expense.
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Originally Posted by davlan88 View Post
I was maintaining my pool of roughly 28,000 gallons and it was cheap. Its a time issue with me though, vacuuming takes forever, my pool is not caged, constant monitoring due to rain\sun\leaves\dirt, etc. I broke down and am paying, what I think is outrageous, $125\per month. They brush, vacuum, and maintain chems.
General location please ? That's about the going rate per week in my parts. You gotta pay to swim
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