I drained my pool a few months ago in preparation for whatever I might need to do to make it better this summer than it was last summer. I don't have tons of money and plan on doing whatever I can myself. Any improvements will help I'm sure.
Last year my main problems stemmed from inconsistencies in the pool texture on the bottom. There are small divots, holes, ridges, and raised areas where algae likes to hide. I never had the pool take a huge turn on me, but there were always little spots on the pool that couldn't be fully brushed out. Now that the water is out I'll be able to REALLY get down in there to clean them. But I want to fill them with something. Is there a DIY product for that? Example:
This is one of the small RAISED areas:
Also at the deep end down near the drain (which isn't really a drain BTW, no suction down there) you can see that the bottom is not level by the way the water pools up on one side of the drain but not evenly on the other. Under this small puddle of water what you CAN'T see until it dries up is VERY UNDULATING plaster ripples. Hills you might as well call them. A very uneven and ripply texture there. Algae also likes this area. You can also see that the drain isn't level, it angles to one side. Not sure if all pools are this way or just mine.
The light doesn't work
The tile is old, horrible color, stained, small cracks, and easily gets algae in the grout areas (I know it's not really grout...)
Underneath the cantilevered edge some parts of the under sealing material (caulk???) is rotting and flaking away
There is an open port on the side of the pool which is run to an empty/non functioning pipe that exits NEXT to the pump station but is not connected. Previous home owner was a family friend who said that the port could eventually be plumbed for a permanent vacuum port, but was not currently used.
Previous owner also swears the pool was re-plastered in 2005 but I'm not sure if that's true. There are color striations of blue that you can see bleeding through the white over coat. I'm assuming the white is the so called "new" plaster but it's so worn off the old "bluer" color underneath is showing through. This is throughout the WHOLE pool
Whoever did the supposed re-plaster job in 2005 left definitive trowel marks/streaks. Not sure if this is typical or if its a sign of shoddy work.
Obviously this pool needs huge work. I simply cannot afford to have other people do my repairs for me. I have tons of experience working with interior wall plaster so I understand concepts of mixtures and trowel work. I am extremely mechanical and have fixed tons of things myself throughout my life including major car repairs (head gaskets, clutch/flywheels, water pumps, rear axle seals etc. I have worked with tools all my life. I am capable of a lot, but I also sometimes don't know my limits. I don't want to bite off more than I can chew.
In your guys experience, what would you do first? What would you do second? Which of those fixes will be the cheapest so I can start right away? Aside from having the pool completely resurfaced, what can I do to improve the texture/small holes etc.?
Sorry for the huge post and tons of pics but I know you guys like details. I hope that this post can serve as a dumping ground of knowledge for future users to draw from.