Just bought a house with a 32X15 Roman style in ground pool 7' at deep and 3' at shallow. 18,000 gallons according to an online pool calculator I used. It's an old concrete one built in the mid 50's. Know very little about pools so I have come here to find out. All I know is that it is BAD!
It does not leak. But there is a leak in the return line under the concrete around the pool. Or so I have been told by the neighbors who have lived here for 20+ years and have help previous owners in the past work on it.
I bought the house in December and have just gotten around to dealing with this on top of all the other things on my plate so I am going to take this slow!
The previous owner moved to Indy and the house and pool have sat for 3 years with little attention. The pool had a cover (blue tarp) and luckily a leaf net over that. But it had deteriorated and let LOTS of leaves and debris into the pool itself! There where frogs living in it when I first saw it and it was BLACK!
I got the tarp and leaf net off and basically started scooping leaves with a fishing net. I put in some algaecide, shock and super clarifier in and used a trash pump to get it all stirred in. Bought a decent cover and covered it up. This was in November in Northeast Indiana mind you.
I uncovered it last weekend and lo and behold it was clear as a bell! I could see the bottom! Along with all the **** in it! Removing the cover created some currents and stirred up the muck again! Now it's black and the frogs are driving me crazy having to dip them out every day! I live right next to a very wooded area with frogs toads and lots of tree frogs!
I talked to a guy I was reffered to who owns a pool supply store here and he basically told me to get to dipping until I can get the filter up and running bypass the in ground return until I can get him out with his test equipment to find the leak.
Like I said. It is black with the decomposed leaf matter in it. I am on a well and I'm not worried about using it. I have a friend who has a 26'X4' above ground and he has filled his 3 times with his well. My house is also on the highest point in the area with some sharp drop to a wash about 60' or so from the pool so I would not think my water table is high enough to hydraulic the pool out if I drain it.
After this long rant what I am really looking for is advice! Should I drain it like my friend says I should and save all the work of getting the muck out or should I just keep dipping and start filtering?