We have been doing major remodeling on our house and the power was off to the pool pump all winter until now. The pool has also been uncovered so it is full of leaves. Of course, the water is filthy, green. So the work begins. . .
My question is "would I be better off to drain and start over, or start scooping leaves, vacuuming, brushing and shocking?" I had the pool crystal clear last year, but with the remodeling just had to let it go. I have never drained a pool before, and don’t know what it entails.
My test results are:
FC - 0
CC - 0.5
TC - 0.5
pH - between 7.2 and 7.5
TA - 40
CH - 190
CYA - 30
Things to consider. . . The sides look a little discolored/green. Doesn't seem to rub off with my hand. Will this get better once I get the bleach flowing and start brushing? If I drain, I could pressure wash the pool.
I do have a crack above and below the light in the deep end. If I drain, I could patch this while I am at it.
Seems like getting the leaves off the bottom would be easier, if I drained it.
Is there anything in particular I need to do if I do drain it (other than pumping to waste through the main drain). I have heard people say avoid draining because of ground water pushing against and damaging/cracking pool. I do not see any sort of pipe around the deep end that would allow pumping water from underneath the pool. One concern with draining is the age of the pool and the obious settling that has occurred around the pool deck (marble deck is cracked and unlevel in several spots).
Details of the pool:
48,000 IG old (probably late 1950s), concrete pool in Jackson, MS
12 ft deep end (makes removing leaves a blast!)