I got the cover off and the pump/filter working today and should be in good shape to open for good next weekend. I recovered the pool to keep debris out while I learn to test the water and round up supplies.
The pool was not used last season and had cover on all winter. I have a layer of brown organic/leaf material covering the pool floor. Not a thick layer but enough that I should probably vacuum to waste until most of the gunk is gone. However, after seeing just how much water the pump moves, I'm looking at loosing a lot of water.
I'm on a well and am not crazy about loosing anymore water than needed.
Are there other options to vacuuming to waste?
The water is clear other than the leaves. It is also still pretty cold.