I'm a new pool owner in Tucson, and don't know a whole lot. I bought a foreclosed house with what was a salt pool, but since the house was foreclosed, it was abandoned and turned into a swamp.
The bank that owned the house had the pool drained, acid washed, and refilled (so they could sell the house), and it is currently running as a chlorine pool with tabs placed in the skimmer. The chlorine cell (can't remember what brand) and control box are still present. Obviously I am not getting any chlorine generation because there's no salt in the pool (control box says "check cell").
My questions are: is there any way to determine if the cell and control box work without adding hundreds of pounds of salt? Or, if I do add salt and the cell/box need to be replaced, can I continue to use chlorine tablets in a salty pool until the equipment is replaced?
Thanks for the help. I'm sure I'll need more before too long...
edit - the pool is ~11,200 gal in-ground with pebble-tec coating, popup cleaning system, and cartridge filter.