Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Adventures in pool owning...

So Matt and I decided that we would try our hands at a pool this year. Taking the kids to a pool is EXPENSIVE and Lucas only last about 2 hours. We figure this way the big kids can swim their little hearts out all day.

We got a great deal on a 14' x 42" Pro Series Metal Frame Intex pool from WalMart. Set up was super easy but it took FOREVER to fill using our hose but we have well water so it is free to fill. After two days of off and on filling (we had stuff going on and didn't want to leave it running while we were gone) it was finally full Sunday about 3pm. Being it was well water it was ICE cold. After Abby's dance recital Sunday the kids wanted to test it out. They lasted about 10 mins. Monday they were in and out of it a few time because it was still chilly. I made it to the pool store for chlorine tablets Monday afternoon and we add them before we went to bed.

Here comes the not so good part...we woke up to a slightly green tint to the pool. Well I called Matt and he said to shock it...thinking the green was algae, I shocked it. Well, it turned even more green instantly....
You can clearly still see the bottom which was confusing to me. So back to the pool store I went for more supplies. They test the water and it was perfect other than HIGH phosphates. I got something for that and still this morning it is green. After some online research last night, I believed we have metals in our well water. Cooper to be exact. We added a white rag in the filter area before bed last night and this is how it came out of there this morning...
Can you say YUCK!!!!! I almost crapped myself when I saw it, haha!! Definitely metals...back to the pool store again today for some Metal Free. I feel like it is working but then again not. I guess we will see in the morning for sure.

Moral of the story...I am NOT cut out to have a pool. While obviously we will not be taking this one down, I do hope to get it all fixed so the kids can enjoy it in the coming weeks of HOT weather! I will keep you posted!

Oh and if anyone has had this issue please give me some advise! It will be must appreciated! :)




2 comments:

Danette said...

When you do get all of the copper and goock out it will be worth it!

Jen said...

Oh man! That's a lot of work. I hope it all turns out well.