Hi, I'm Joy and new to Scottsdale AZ and new to being a pool owner. We just got rid of our pool guy and want to try the BBB method and clean our own pool. First off is there a place here on the forum where I can find in person, local help--for example, I need someone to explain how our pump works and basic "pool school" (trying to avoid the big pool store that offers the service). Being new to pools I am worried I'm going to mess up the valves and such. Some of my concerns I will be looking up in the forum archives are:
1. We had some monsoon rains here and now the pool is cloudy
2. I don't understand the directions for the chlorine test in the Taylor test. The part about getting to pink took many drops...not sure if I was reading directions properly
3. We have a lot of gravel and underlying dirt close to the pool that end up in the pool, as well as many leaves from surrounding bushes and trees. The pool gets very dirty. Wondering how best to clean dirt and tiny rocks from bottom.
4. Our pool vac inlet (in the pool) is stuck closed. There was no suction for the pool vac so I tried different settings on the valves and something I did created so much suction that it sucked the door closed. Now I can't pry it open.
Looking forward to learning lots here!!