Pool care in the desert: (Las Vegas)
I have a 35,000 (est) gallon pool that is 25 years old. I use two floaters
with three tabs each, which is overkill, but I have a problem with algae.
We have a lot of wind, and "stuff" blows in there, as well as pine needles
from a nearby tree. The pool is also used heavily.
I shock it occasionally when algae gets going. Algae usually gets going
when I forget to keep tabs on the tab tubs. We have a solar heater that has
gotten it up to 102 degrees, so, with warmer water, algae can bloom in an
incredibly short time. Normal swimming temp is 87.
I stabilized the water right after the replastering last spring. I tested
it this year, and it is fine. I add no ph UP or ph DOWN, because it is
right on, I guess because of the nature of our city water.
The pool evaporates about 2-3 inches a week. I would think that would cause
mineral build up, but it doesn't.
I have a Hayward Ultra that I have christened "Poolio." The little guy is
a hard worker. I have to put it in every week because of the wind and sand.
It runs for a few hours, and gets all the pool except the top of the steps
and the ladder. They are a great item that goes directly onto a suction
port in the skimmer. I wouldn't trade it for anything. It sure has made
the pool easier to take care of.
Occasionally I have to brush the pool when the algae gets going, but I just
superchlorinate it with these nasty granules I got in a 5 gal. bucket.
Stink so bad of chlorine you have to hold your breath or wear a respirator
when working with it. Then leave it for a few hours and brush it.
I have a DE filter, and change that about every three months. I also clean
it when I get algae too frequently. The pool is on our vacation rental, so
it sees some heavy use. I also drain the freestanding spa into the pool and
pull pool water back into the spa, so the heater doesn't have to work so
long heating it back up.
I use about a 5 gallon container of 3" tabs a season. The superchlorinator
is going on its third season now. No stabilizer or other chemicals.
Well, that's pool care in the desert.