I'm curious to get the thoughts of this group. (Hello, by the way!!!!!)
I have a 24ft round above ground pool. It has been left uncovered and unused for over 2 years. The neighbors apparently had giant pecan trees that dumped tons of leaves, etc into the pool. They have since cut them down.
Now, here's my issue. Of course the water is disgustingly black. There has been at least one cat drown in there. I think my friend got it out, but not positive. I also have a bat issue, and have already gotten 4 out so far this summer while working on/trying to decide if and how to open the pool. I've done a lot of online reading, but so many conflicting things. Take the water down, don't take the water down. So, I ended up deciding to take the water down to little less than half level to be able to at least start using the rake leaf. I have one of those leaf eaters, but it doesn't work all that great. After taking it down, I realize I have TONS of leaves, debris and who knows what else at the bottom of the pool and I can't see it............ also, the walls are very black with stains, which I tried using the brush on, just a little to see how easy/hard it would be to remove, if at all possible. I noticed that with each stroke, I was wrinkling the liner on the sides because it needs some major elbow grease.
My pool is in a position that is is hard for me to rake anything that's more than a quarter way into the pool, so no way I can do it w/o getting in. TBH I'm scared to get in because I don't know what the **** is in there!!!!!!!! I also don't know what, if anything, will help me get my liner into an acceptable appearance.
So a couple of questions. Is there any way that filling the pool back up and working on getting it clean would help me see all those leaves at the bottom? Or is it virtually impossible to get the water clear considering how many leaves and the shape of the walls? No idea what that would cost in chemicals/shock. Also, I've been quoted 795 total to just replace the liner........
Do you think I'd be better off going this route? The liner is about 6 years old at this point. I don't want to waste any unnecessary money, but I don't know what to do.........I've tried and tried and tried to find some help and it just simply isn't available in my area. We have two pool supply/installation and repair places but they don't want to be concerned with these types of things and it takes weeks to even get a call back.
I'm wondering if I should just chuck it, but I'd really like to use the pool..............I've already spent a small fortune getting the plumbing redone, the electric re-wired and the motor fixed............seems sad just to give up, but Im about to that point.
I'm a single woman with not a lot of able bodied guy friends - not that they would help anyway! It's physically hard for me to pull the heavy wet leaves out, especially not being in the water.