With a lot of the feedback and help that I have gotten from this forum I have decided to drain my pool and start with a fresh canvas.
The main reason is that (before I found TFP) I had been getting tests at Leslie's. CYA was always in the 100+ range, with one anomaly at 50 (probably a bad test). After getting my k-2006 and running a couple of CYA tests, I see that it is WELL above the 100 mark.
Before bothering you I have scanned some of the others' questions and answers. I noticed that all of them say a picture is worth 1000 words so I will add pics with the information.
The pool is located in San Antonio, TX. Direct sun - staying around 90* for the month that I have been in the house.
13x23x5=9800 gallons if I run it as an oval - is that correct for my shape pool?
My pool is partially in-ground - on a slight hill. See pics. We have had little rainfall and San Antonio has a low water table. are there any issues I should check for during the drain or possibly avoid? mos of the lawn watering will be done in the front of the house because I don't want to saturate ground near the pool or to where the run-off could get to the ground surrounding the empty pool (my thoughts)
Should I just drain from the main floor drain or rent a pump - I will be watering the lawn with it because it is thirsty in this climate. I know that it will take longer, but I will be able to handle the watering with the main pool pump.
If draining from the main pump and shutting down the skimmer with the valve should I be concerned with anything? There should be no water coming back through the return jets if I divert it to the hose I assume.
Algae on walls - I plan on brushing it to the drain as I empty the water. I have read not to bother with major bleaching or wipedown before refill. Should I try to Kill the algae with any particular method or just brush it as the pool drains.
Watering lawn - Chlorine is minimal ( thus the problem) is there anything else I should be worried about that could damage the lawn?
Water Softener - I have a whole house softener. The hose bibs are coming through the foundation. I am not sure if they are piped in to the softener or not. Is there a way to confirm this before I move forward. Someone said that the outside spigots should not be looped to the softener, but I want to confirm that. All of the softeners that I have put in have had extra unsoftened water spigots that were piped.
Will upload pictures shortly.