I have recently purchased a new home a few months ago (Feb) and now with spring arriving with warmer temperatures I have started to research about in ground pools. I have never previously owned a pool so I don't know much, but I tend try to do things on my own before contacting a professional. Well I really don't want to screw anything up with this pool cause I am sure any repairs would be very costly. So I am here to ask is it feasible to open my pool on my own this year with the pool in its current conditions which I will post below and the other information is in my signature.
Now I am using the pool strips that the last home owners had in the pool house and it doesn't provide all the information that I am sure you guys need but it is a start.
Total Hardness - 0 - 50 ppm
Total Chlorine / Bromine - 0 ppm
FC / Bromine - 0 ppm
TA - Low 0 - 40 ppm
pH - Very Low 6.0
Water Condition: Very dark. Cannot see bottom and it smells like a sewer.
Pool condition: I have only had the cover off 3/4 of the way but the sides of the pool are not in very good condition. Some of the edging is coming off and I can see black residue where the water begins. It does look as if the pool was winterize due to the pink solution in the skimmer and from what I can see all the plugs are in the pool and filter. Also the water is about 6 inches below the skimmer, the filter is cleaned out, and all electric to the filter/heater is shut off. Another thing, as I am sitting here I am still not 100% sure what type of pool it is (Fiberglass, Vinyl, or cement) When I knock on the stair case coming out (at least the top step) is hollow. The sides feel like hard plastic when I knock on it.
I feel like this pool is in need of drainage and a extremely good scrubbing. I was quoted +-$300 to open it up this season and that includes chemicals, but I think it is going to be a lot higher when they come to see this pool.
Thanks in advance for any insight on my situation, and if you need anymore information let me know I can also post pictures if needed.