I recently took the cover off my my pool in my new home. The water is a very green/brown/black color and I have heaved a lot of leaves out already. I have a leaf pool vacuum coming tonight that I plan on ensuring all of the gunk at the bottom is removed.
It is a VERY old Gunite pool. The skimmer cover opening is branded refinite, and there is not currently any basket to be found for it. I have no idea where the returns could be in this pool, let alone know if they are closed off, or even would be.
I did pull the plug from the skimmer, and hook up all my piping. I have turned the pump on and it seems to partially prime (slow water flow to the pump) but after a few seconds to a minute, the water flow stops, and there typically is a fair amount of rocks/leaves/whatever is growing in the pool in the pump basket. I empty it and start again.
My question(s) are what should I be doing to clean out the bottom of the pool, and what really are the best steps to start dealing with a pool that is such rough condition?
I have read through all of the pool school details religiously, and I am trying to avoid throwing chemicals in until I can ensure the plumbing is working correctly.
Any and all help is greatly appreciated!