I have a pool that is new to me for maintaining. It's at a rental property I own. I'm working on getting info from the builder on gallons and such, but the equipment is the same as what I have at my home (same builder).
I'm going to start opening the pool today but I have an issue. I can't add water yet to get the water up to the skimmer because the builder is supposed to come fix some issues with the liner where it is pulled out from the bead locks in the corner. The builder said they would repair, so that's why I'm not doing it myself. They can't get to it for a few days so in the meantime, I'd like to start on the water cleanup process. The tough part is that the pool hasn't been opened in 2 years and it is covered, but with a mesh cover. I know it's going to take some time to clear. I'm planning to take the cover off tonight to assess the situation and scoop out any debris such as leaves that can't be cleaned through the filter. Pending the answer to my question below, I will see how much I can do in my current situation.
Here's my main question. If I can not put water in yet to get up to the skimmer, or above the returns, can I still turn on the pump? I would think if I closed the valve to the skimmer (only one) and just opened the floor drain, this wouldn't be an issue. Would the returns being above the water line be an issue? The only risk I see is if something clogs the floor drain.