A blogger named Jayne writes that she and her husband had a lot to learn about pools when they bought a house that happened to have one. (Great photo, too.) They were smart enough to have an expert from a local pool store show them the ropes:
Well, Gary arrived on Friday morning, and boy, what we didn't know! We'd been playing around with the knobs and valves, but found out that we fully had no water going through the clorinator (gee, is that a problem?) and that when we back wash we were also supposed to be rinsing else it all just goes back into the pool. Umm... oh. Within three days the water is so much cleaner and clearer, it's amazing. Now, we feel like informed pool owners!
Here are some of our stories of pool maintenance. We are on our third summer.