I bought a house in November. This house has a small in-ground pool that looked very nice when we looked at the house. As my location is in northern Indiana and November may as well be winter, I had the previous owner close the pool. It appears this consisted of him draining the water about halfway and putting a large tarp over it.
It was 32° earlier today but I'm hoping in the upcoming weeks the temperature increases such that I can use the pool. However, I have never owned a house, let alone a house with a pool. I have a bunch of chemicals in the garage and some equipment that I think I know what it does, so I'm pretty sure I have everything I need.
But my biggest question mark is about draining and refilling the pool. There is some disgusting-looking water sitting on top of the tarp. I have a pump permanently installed next to the house. There is (what I thought was) an intake hose in the garage, plastic. There is a flimsy blue (presumably) outlet hose coiled up next to the pump. But there are also a number of pipes going underground from the pump in the direction of the pool.
I need help figuring out how to get the water clean. Do I need to buy a special pump just to get the water off of the top of the tarp? I have a sand filter, but how do I check it and how do I change the sand?
I'm OK using chemicals at least at first, since I have a ton of them in the garage. Boxes full, actually. I don't know what any of them actually do, but I may as well use them.
Can I then just fill it with a garden hose?
Here are some pictures:
The pool (with nasty water on top):
The pump (still under a tarp):
Another picture showing the hoses going underground
I think the water comes out here, but where do I put it?
I have this in my garage and I think it's related.
Once I uncover everything I'll post more pictures. It might stop raining this weekend and if it does I'll do just that.