We bought a home in Mt. Pleasant, SC with a pool -- our first pool. We closed on the house a month ago, but we're not moving in for another four weeks. When we visited the house after the close, the pool was green but not cloudy. I went looking for a Pool Maintenance for Dummies book or something to get started, and after some googling wound up being referred to the Pool School here. I couldn't identify any of the equipment, so on a second visit two weeks ago I took photos of everything. The pool at that time had become murky. Wary of running the pump unattended, and not being read up on the SLAM process yet, I raked the surface, cleaned out the pump and skimmer baskets, and ejected this amphibian interloper:
I noted the filter was set to FILTER operation and the pump was set off by the breakers. I also took photos of the chemicals the previous owners left behind. The presence of algaecide and chlorinating granules suggests they were not TFPers. I looked up what all of these do, and some of the containers look like they've been there for a while. I suspect some of these should just go straight into the garbage:
We'll be visiting again in one week, and we'll be there for 3 days. My main question is, should I bother tending to the pool on this visit? I'm a little less skiddish about running the pump while we are away, but it seems likely that the SLAM won't complete by the time we leave, and I'll just have to start over three weeks later when we move in. Should I leave off the pump and SWG, brush the pool the best I can, and ignore the swamp problem until we actually move in and can tend it for a longer stretch? I purchased a Taylor test kit so I'll do some readings this trip. There is an SWG, so I figure if the CYA is low, I can save a little money and use up the chlorinating granules in the shed.
Thanks for any feedback you can give. I have some other questions about the where to place the backwash hose, and how to identify the material the pool is made of (I think it's plaster), but I'll save those for later! Really pleased with TFP, it's been an incredible learning resource. I've just pledged for a supporter badge.