Hello to everyone on this forum. I have been reading through some posts and realized I need some help. I purchased a home and it came with a above ground pool which is sunken in to the ground maybe a foot 15x30. It is dark green now and has little organisms swimming around if I stir up the water. It needs a new liner. Confused as to which way to handle this issue. It is now October and there is no need for a pool. Come next spring I want to replace the liner so I wanted to drain the pool for the winter and install a new liner come spring. I see two problems with this idea. I have been told you can not leave the pool with now water in it for structural reasons but this pool has angular braces coming off the sides at a 45 degree angle which are anchored in to the soil so maybe it is ok to leave it empty. Not sure??? Second if I drain the pool, how do I keep it empty all winter. Rain and snow will fall in to the pool and create a swamp again. I though of cutting the liner to keep it empty but the bottom of the pool is be low the ground level. Not sure if it is ok to cut a hole in the bottom and let it drain.
I have also thought of treating the water and close it properly but this seems very expensive just to drain it next season. I don't want mosquito ridden water in my backyard all winter. Can someone please give me direction as to the cheapest/easiest way to handle my situation.?
Just to kill the bacteria I have thrown in 4 lbs of shock and ran the pump/ filter but it did not kill everything and it is still green.
On a side note I know a good water tester is needed. All I have available now is test strips and bringing water samples to the pool store which wants to sell me their expensive chemicals. What would be a good tester to purchase?
Thank you in advance for the help.