So this is my first pool. I get conflicting info on when this house was built. County Property records say 1992 but the local Pinch a Penny has records saying this was built in 88. The house had been foreclosed on 3 different times so I imagine the pool went to he** at least that many times.
It appears that someone has painted the inside of it with concrete deck paint as you will see in the pictures I will attach. You will also see black spots and bare concrete where they either "etched" for paint adhesion or improper balance ate the surface. I don't know which. I also don't know if the black spots are permanent until I can afford resurfacing or if it's black algae which I've tried to eradicate and been unsuccessful.
I don't have the water test kit you recommend yet, but the simple water test kit that came with the pool. My levels the last time I checked about two weeks ago were all within normal ranges.
I used a metal treatment and algaecide, ran the filter for two days straight and brushed it for a week. I have a lot of sediment on the bottom of the pool floor that does not seem to be going away. I've washed the filter twice and ran the (Red Leopard Orbit) vacuum in it for days.
I just bought a new filter cartridge but haven't put it in yet. My filter has seen better days but i can't afford a new one just yet. I bought a lot of problems my home inspector didn't find. This pool is one of them.
I have well water that does have a filtration system that uses chlorine and charcoal but it has also seen better days. I wont know how much calcium or metals there are in my water til I get the better test kit you guys recommend. Any info you can give me to get me started in the right direction is SO appreciated.
I am attaching pics of my filter pump and plumbing so you know what I'm trying to work and get by with. The pump was replaced last year but they didn't bother to replace the filter. I've priced the same filter new and just don't have $400. right now. I think that's probably the first thing you're going to tell me I should do when you see it.
The air relief valve is broken and had some type of JB weld or something put over it. The spigot on the bottom has had the same stuff used on it.
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