I know, I know, I already made a critical error in hiring a pool company to do anything. As a new pool owner (less than a year) we were going to be out of town and very busy without time to winterize the pool. Since we weren't sure what to do and were short on time we hired the pool company who installed our new liner this summer. And of course it was a BIG mistake. About a month and a half after winterizing (overpriced chemicals, unhooking the pump pipes, blowing out the lines, adding antifreeze to the motor, and covering the pool with the tarp and water bag style cover) we come home to the pool cover collapsed into the pool with a minimal amount of snowy ice that had been put down the night before. On further inspection we notice that the pool has essentially been drained (all but the hopper water is completely gone). On further inspection we get under the deck and notice that two pipes are completely separated and the valve to the main drain of the pool (in the hopper) was left OPEN. Yes open. So call pool company, yell at them. Their solution is come over and replace all the piping from main drain back to the filter since all the pipes had been frozen and burst, yep free of charge. Then tells us on a nice day to refill the pool. How sweet of them. So out of concern for our brand new liner we fill the pool as soon as possible (we accomplished that about 2 weeks ago). The pool has obviously now started to turn completely green as we start to warm slightly here during the days. Finally, here comes our newbie question. How do I add chemicals or should I add chemicals without being able to turn on the pump and mix? Will it even do any good? I dumped two gallons of bleach into it today. Probably the wrong decision but I had already done it when I got online and found you guys to ask your advice. Please any help would be greatly appreciated.
PS we are still at freezing temperatures in the night and have only had a few nicer (algae growing) days. So I don't think it would be wise at this point to clean out the pump and hook everything back up yet.