Hey everyone! I found the forum today while trying to figure out the best process for opening my pool. I bought a house in November, and the pool had a ragged torn winter cover over it, no idea how long it has been closed but my guess is around 2 years. It is a 24' round x 4' deep above ground with a vinyl liner, and the water is very dark green with seaweed-like stalks of algae floating in it
I'm going to take the cover off shortly and start skimming the solid particles out, but was not sure on the next step... My girlfriend wants to use bromine instead of chlorine because of the smell and skin irritation that chlorine causes, I'm just looking for opinions from some professionals. Is it worth using bromine and can I? It is in a sunny location and I live in Ohio. The information I've found says bromine is near impossible to keep at the proper level because of sun degradation, or is very expensive because of the amount necessary, and I would need to get a special automatic feeder, is that all correct? Also it worries me to switch to bromine, not be able to maintain the levels, and then have to drain completely to switch back.
I'm just torn over what to do! My parents had a chlorine pool growing up, and I lifeguarded for several years, so opening and maintaining a chlorine pool is what I am used to.