Pool has a lot of debris and algae sitting on the sides and bottom of the pool. When we tried to manually vacuum it in the past we realized that the algae particles were passing right through the sand filter and back in the pool. We tried to vacuum and directly backwash but eventually realized how quickly the water level went down. Currently, our water level is too low for the pump to run. Our CYA is 250+ because we inherited this pool this past May.
Our initial plan was to leave the pool how it is, drain it once the temperature here in AZ goes down, manually clean out all the debris at the bottom, and get it chemically washed along with the filter by a professional.
As of this morning, our plan is to raise the water level until the filter can run. Add liquid chlorine or bleach for a few days until the pool water is clear (we've done this in the past). Maintain this clear water until we are able to drain the pool. When time comes, we will drain it, clean out debris, chemically wash it, clean the filter, and fill it during one weekend to avoid any mechanical damage to the pool.
Please give suggestions on our plan. We were quite neglectful with maintenance of the pool because of the CYA knowing we were going to have to drain it eventually. We look forward to active maintenance after draining it soon.
Thank you all very much! Look forward to hearing your ideas and inputs.