I'm a new pool and homeowner since August 2012. The pool was in great condition(so I thought) when I purchased the home and we actually used it for 2 months before having a pool company close it for the winter. We noticed something funny when vacuuming it back in August but were so new at pool ownership we just figured it was clogged or something minor. Upon opening it 4 weeks ago the skimmer line wouldn't work at all and unfortunately it's an air leak under the concrete (no water loss). After weeks of waiting I finally got someone to come out and use some fancy equipment to find the leak. That alone cost me $250 and now to fix the leak is over $900 because it's under the concrete.
At this point I feel frustrated, upset and worried that I'm going to have to shell out so much money every year for something. The previous owners allowed the home to forclose so I have no clue when the liner was replaced, or how long the pool sat with no maintenance. Someone bought the house at auction, flipped it quick.
The pump is old but my boyfriend replaced all the parts in it and it seems to run great (on the main, until the skimmer is fixed).
So my question is, what I can start doing to make sure I keep it great and maintained to keep down cost?
Also there are no automatic cleaners, so once the skimmer is fixed do you recommend I get a robot? Right now all I have is a manual vacuum.
My pool is 20,000gal in ground with a vinyl liner. 2 jet thingys, a drain at the deep end. 2 ladders. 1 skimmer, pentair 3/4 HP pump and a hayward filter.
Thank you so much for any help or advice.