Hello! I'm excited about moving into a rental home with a pool, but have managed to turn the pool into a swamp in less than a month through my inexperience.
Based on what I gather from Pool School, I need to drain the pool before attempting to fix the algae problem since CYA levels are too high to SLAM. The previous owner maintained the pool following advice from Leslie's and was using "Shock" on a regular basis.
Results from TF-100 test kit
FC: 1 ppm
CC: 1 ppm
The pool calculator says I need to drain about 90% of the water to get CYA to the correct level. I plan on doing this all at once. The water tables in Escondido should be quite low because of the drought, and I'm on a hillside anyways.
I am entirely unsure how to drain the pool: the valves and pipes are a bit intimidating. Should I just rent a sump pump from Home Depot, or is there a way to drain the pool without it?
And once the pool is drained, what anti-algae actions should I take before refilling? Thanks for any help!