Just joined the forum because I want to stop paying the pool guy soon and I always like to know more about stuff.
We bought the house in December 2012. According to neighbors the previous owner had drained the pool some time ago after they let it turn green. They then apparently refilled it for the purpose of adding value to the home sale. There was a huge black algae spot on the north side of the pool. One guy said I needed to replaster to remove it and that didn't seem like a good option at the time, although I do want to replaster in the future. The pool guy that I have now told me he would be able to remove the black algae but I wouldn't be able to swim in it for 2 months, which was fine since it was winter. He did an awesome job and the pool has been crystal clear ever since.
The pool definitely needs some work. There are a few missing tiles and there's a piece of exposed rebar by the skimmer "catch." The plaster kind of looks like the moon and there are some cracks in the steps, but it seems to only lose water from evaporation/use and not from leaking.
I'm looking to get a cover, but not exactly sure how to approach the kidney bean shape. My pool equipment is virtually nonexistent; I have a leaf skimmer with a hole in it and that's about it. The pump is six months old. Through our home warranty I was able to get a pool company to look at the old pump that was leaking. LA DWP has a rebate on eco friendly pumps so I replaced the old one with a Hayward EcoStar.
Thanks for providing a place to ask questions and I look forward to getting a lot of use out of the forum!