Hello and thanks for creating this wonderful website!! It has so far been full of helpful information - and I think at this point I feel a little overwhelmed!!
My husband and I just bought our first home - a foreclosure we got at a "steal"! We're excited and can't wait to move in (we close August 15th). We had the inspection done and everything is go for launch. The house has an above ground pool and the house has been vacant for several months (not sure exactly but I think at least 4-5). I'm not sure of the size of the pool, but I've included a couple of pictures so you may be able to get an idea of the size. The pictures were taken before the house was foreclosed on, back when the owners were living there and tried to sell the house themselves first (which is why the water is nice and blue).
The pool looks like a swamp - you can't see down into the pool at all - its dark green and disgusting lol. It doesn't smell though, which was kinda odd. I don't know what kind of pump it has or even if it works. I'm going to the house this week to find out what type of pump it has, I don't know if I'll be able to actually test it out yet though because we don't officially live there yet and I doubt the power will be on. We have been given the "okay" from the real estate agent to go over and start treating the pool to get it cleared out prior to us moving in (we're concerned about the mosquitos). The problem is - we're totally clueless as to what to use. I've done some reading, tried to make sense of it all but I just feel dumb lol. I've never owned a pool and know nothing about them other than that I enjoy swimming in them!! 8)
I have a few questions based on some things I've been reading here and on another forum. I'm also open to any suggestions! Is there anything I can do prior to moving in and being able to run the filter machine? What is the difference between chlorine and bleach? Are they the same thing? It kinda creeps me out to think of swimming in bleach lol. Will it not bleach our bathingsuits or burn our skin? (told you I was a noobie lol) IF my filter is kaput and I end up having to buy a new one, what is the best type (I read there are DE, sand and cartridge ones)? Will it be cheaper for me to buy liquid chlorine or liquid bleach? Should I buy a new filter (not the machine but the actual filter thingy)? Is there anything I should know about the liner? When I use my weedwhacker for the overgrowth around the pool, should I worry about possibly cutting the sides of the pool or is that not a concern? I guess what I need is for someone to dumb it all down for me because I'm so confused by all the PH and CYA and all that stuff. I'm a fast learner, but I was horrible in chemisty LOL. I'll be posting pics as we go along and showing you guys the progress we make with it. It might be one of the nastiest pools you've seen!
Thanks in advance for any suggestions or advice you guys can give me. The house came with a gigantic hot tub also (a really nice perk lol) but having never owned one, I have questions about that too but I'll post those over in that area of the forum!!