My husband and I moved into my FIL's house 3 years ago, after he passed away. The last time the pool was opened was the summer of 2000. From what I can see, it was winterized. There is a gizmo in the skimmer near the pump, but I cant see if there is a plug or gizmo in the skimmer on the other side of the school. The pool was built in 88 and is vermiculite, with vinyl lining. Now there I believe is a big proplem. The liner is completely destroyed, and we have no idea how long its been that way. Also, the water table here is extremely high. My husband believes the motor on the pump is shot. I would also like to know what the pipe is that is sticking about 8" out of the concrete near the pump (in the pic it has a screw driver sticking out of it). I really have no idea where to start, and I dont want to waste money on chemicals just for them to drain the pool to put a new liner in. When should I start all of this, any idea on the extent of damage (roughly), about how much am I looking at spending? Please help me, I want what use to be a beautiful pool back!!! I really appreciate all of the help!!!!