Alright, I cleaned off my pool cover (surprisingly, with a LOT of help from my almost 6 year old). We got the cover removed, but I'll have to wait until my husband gets home to get it all folded up. There were just a few leaves under the cover and I was able to get those cleaned out as well. I've also ordered the TF100 test kit. So now I'm looking at this big black pool of water. The sides and steps are all covered with black yuck.
I think that the chlorinating liquid at my local pool store is going to be just as cheap if not cheaper than purchasing clorox. Assuming my husband can figure out how to get the equipment running (since he was the one who watched the guys close up the pool in the fall) is there something we can/should do after that? Can I start to put chlorine in the pool before we get the test kit? I believe the pool place will test our water for free if we buy the chlorine from them.
Also, do we need to change the sand that's in the filter? I have NO idea how long it has been since it was changed, and I know someone told us when we moved in that we should probably get new sand.
And finally, I have been getting all the stuff out that was left here by the previous owners. There is something called a Kreepy Kadet and I can't quite figure out what it is for, or even if it has all of its parts. There is also some Muriatic acid, pool minus (sodium bisulfate), algecide 60, and 3 in 1 chlorinating skimmer tablets. Will this stuff be of use?
I'll try to figure out how to post some of the pictures of the pool that I took.
Any input on next steps would be appreciated.