Need some immediate advice. Purchased a home with 30 year old concrete pool that was not functioning, full of debris, toads, sludge, junk, etc. GC who was renovating my home, hired a subcontractor to remove entire deck and install new skimmer that was cracked along with concrete. Skimmer was set in place but not sure with what kind of material. Then GC trying to take shortcuts, got some yahoos to come and poor concrete deck instead of the pool subcontractor that I was told would be completing entire job. Long story short, after seeing how awful the deck was and requesting that everything be corrected, GC abandoned job and pool was not finished. Ultimately, I ended up draining pool with sump pump, acid/tsp pool, paint pool, and refill with water so would could test pump, skimmer, etc. At least that's what the new pool company advised I do before they would come out and test all my equipment. I told the company that I had never owned a pool before and didn't know how to operate any of the equipment, or how things work. I mentioned that I couldn't expel water through main drain and when I was using pump rented from home depot dirt was coming out of pipe.
Well, pool guy came last week and couldn't get pump primed, kept running dry. Main drain nor skimmer seemed to work and some dirt shot out of one of the 2 jets I have and some from the skimmer while he was trying to get it going. He said he couldn't fix that day and cleaned the pool and drop chlorine granules in it to keep it clean for the weekend. However, a few days later, I go out and find that the concrete patch that was put around the skimmer was mushy and falling into the water. I later discovered that it was a vinyl patch and not hydraulic cement, and water level was decreased jump below the skimmer. Pool guy comes back and says he things the skimmer is bad and doesn't think he can unclog main drain but will come tomorrow with drain king to try. Called almost every pool company in the local area and NONE of them are willing to come and help me with the pool. Was referred to call a plumber. Plumber says I have to drain a 20X40 pool that I just filled with water and pay $1200 for them to unclog. Then to make matters worse, I attempt to clean up the mushy vinyl patch that was put around the skimmer and noticed whatever the first pool contractor used to set the skimmer before concrete was pour was coming out also and crumbling. Doesn't appear to be concrete and I don't know what it is. PLUS, I found that the folks who poured the concrete deck took two pieces of siding off my house and put it on top of the skimmer and poured concrete on it. Why would they do that? I have no idea at this point what to do, how to fix any of this, or who to call for help. If you all have any advise for me, please help.