Background: I bought a HUD house in March, the house sat vacant since the previous March. I've got an in ground kidney pool with an attached spa which has not been maintained for at least that one year.
I started to do some testing last night, pulled off some of the cover and immediately saw a couple dozen tadpoles.
Tested the water, no chlorine and ph was off the chart. The water is actually pretty clear (despite how the picture looks ) but there is quite a bit of sediment on the bottom and God knows how many soon to be frogs.
This gives you an idea of the sediment levels.
I'm a complete beginner with pool maintenance, so please chime in and give me some advice.
I'm thinking first I need to completely remove the cover, get a net and get out what debris I can. At this point do I try to remove the sediment settled at the bottom? Or would that just stir it up?
Then I need to vacuum whatever I can. Will a regular pool vac do the job? Or are they intended for lighter purposes?
I'm assuming I need to change the sand in the filter, then fire up all the pumps to see if everything's in working order? Once I get all the pumps running and water circulating then I can tackle the chemistry of the water.
How far off am I in the game plan?