So my wife and I were kinda on the fence about buying a house with a pool, but we decided to take on the adventure. The house was a foreclosure and, of course, the SWG pool has been braving the weather for about 6 months and is now full of leaves, algae, tadpoles, and the occasional dead critter. I had a pool inspector come out before buying and he said it looked like equipment was in decent condition, but that it might need some maintenance.
Well, I got excited after finding this site and thought I would tackle the problem. I read a few of the previous posts from people dealing with a similar situation, and that gave me hope. I started stocking up on some of the chemicals for shocking, ordered myself a TF100 kit, and started skimming some of the junk out of the pool. I got excited again when I got my kit, because I was ready to get started. But alas, my excitement died quickly when I realized the pump was not pumping. Now, I am pretty sure I remember water flowing when the inspector came to check it out. But I do also think that the pump was left running a day or two (my understanding is that it is bad for the pump to run if it is not pumping?). Pump turns on, but water does not seem to flow. The pump also sometimes makes a screeching noise for a second or two, but for the most part seems stable.
So after that disappointment I resigned myself to the last resort: calling the pool company for a quote. I just got the quote, and as expected, I am not happy. So my question is: being a complete noob, is there a way for me to go about troubleshooting the pump? I kind of feel it is beyond me, but at the same time I am willing to put a little time into it if it will save me from having to use the pool company, as it is not affordable. Any help?
BTW, so far I have only tested FC and CYA, which were both 0, assuming I did the tests correctly, which I think I did.
Thanks in advance for any help! Oh, and pool specs in my signature...