Last year I bought a house with a pool and I started using the info I learned here to maintain it. I had a few slip ups were I got lax with maintenance but overall I would call it a success. I was enjoying my pool so much that I left it open too long. Fall came and my pool was overloaded with leaves. I tried to get them out but it's a lot of work and I'm not physically in good enough shape to do it. So I never closed my pool. Now the season is only a few weeks away and I have an overwhelming mess to deal with. I guess I need a guide on how best to approach this problem. I'm thinking turning the pump on would be a bad idea with all that crud in the water. Should I just start bleaching it until it is clear enough to see the leaves? I know I'll probably have to hire somebody to help with this but I don't know what approach I need to take. Also the level of the water is kinda low. It's just below the jets. I'm thinking I may have a leak somewhere not really sure how to deal with that either, if there is a leak. I know how to get the water clear when there isn't a bunch of crud but should I balance first and then clean or clean first and then balance? Or maybe I should try to do both at once? Advice would be greatly appreciated.