We just bought a house that was a foreclosure. The kids are awfully excited about the pool, but I am not so sure. We had a guy come to give us an estimate about fixing it up and it was $10,000!! I think that was to redo it with gunnite. I think I understand that what we have now is a metal liner with concrete or some other kind of support under that? It seems like a new liner would cost more like $1000. If that were all there was to it, we might be able to afford it, but we can't get the pump to turn on and know nothing about the filter system or how to check it or how to maintain or how much those things would cost to fix / replace, etc. I don't know if we can really check those things out until we fill it with water? We bought some liner patches for the 2 holes in the liner. I also wonder what we would find under the liner? Do we need to worry about that? It seems like we have 3 options:
I have read the pool school, and that helped a little, but still not sure how to proceed from here.
1) fill it in with sand - the kids are not so keen on that idea.
2) buy new liner and fill with water and then find out more about the pump and filter, risking not being able to afford to replace them if they need to be replaced, so maybe the water will get all stagnate and yucky and not be swimmable anyway?
3) fix hole with patches, fill with water, figure out pump and filter, since maybe we have some $ to replace or fix, and then wait till next season to buy new liner when we have more $
As an aside, I think we would have to use a water truck to fill the pool since we are on catchment water.
Feeling a little overwhelmed.
Thanks for any help or suggestions you have to give us,
PS - we do have a water pump that was used for the house, but it was replaced with a new one. It still works. Is there a difference between pool/spa pumps and house water / catchment tank pumps?