New home with pool this winter. Never thought I would have a pool but here I am. I know almost nothing about pools. Read through pool school. I have a rough idea of how it all works now but missing a lot of details. Waiting for my test kit. I took the winter safety cover off this weekend and started to try and figure things out. I have about 100 questions before I even get to but I will start with a few here since the sticky said to only ask a couple per post.
The water is swampy of course. I skimmed off as much as i could on top and got what big stuff on the bottom I could. I scrubbed all the dirt and algae off the walls. All the plugs in the skimmers and eyeball outlets still in. I shop vacced out the antifreeze from skimmers and auto fill wells. I guess my goal is to get the water level up to the skimmers so i can test the pump and filter to make sure all that is working so then i can figure out how to vacuum all the gunk off the bottom. Of course I have no clue how to do this yet. Then hopefully i can figure out all the physical stuff/cleaning, get my test kit and start the chemical stuff.
Some physical questions:
1. I figured out how to add water there is a hose by the spigot. Attached that. There is a well for what looks like an auto-fill mechanism but it isn't in there. I assume I can just add the water manually through here. But I don't think I can get it above the equalizing pipe. It seems it has to be a little above that for the skimmers to work. The top of water outlet seems to be at bottom of skimmers. I guess I could cap off the outlet then and use the hose after that if i need it to be higher than that outlet pipe at the bottom of the pic?
2. One of the skimmer wells has hairline cracks with past repair stuff on it that also is hairline cracked. Do I need ot fix this somehow I assume. Also at the bottom is a lot of gray repair stuff. Water leaks in when I vacuum it out. Obviously this repair has failed AND where is this water coming from? The pool or the ground? It is a little disturbing that there could be water behind the pool walls that comes in the skimmer well. That can't be good?
Got a lot more but that is good for now Thanks!