I bought my first pool this past fall and it came with a house And/or I think I've got that backwards, but you know what I mean.
And, I'm equally new to TFP as I am to pool ownership so thanks in advance for your assistance. I've spent the winter reading up on what I have to look forward to this spring, which leads me to my first of what will likely be many questions...
But first, the little about my pool that I know. It is above ground, approximately 26 feet in diameter, and I'm guessing 4-5 feet deep which means 16,000-20,000 gallons according to the pool calculator, it has a Pentair Tagelus Sand Filter model TA40D, and a Pentair Dynamo 1.5hp pump. The previous owners already had the pool winterized when I took ownership of the house so I have not seen the water and don't exactly know how they left things. They put a tarp over the top of the pool and screwed it down to the wood deck that surrounds the pool. they left a leaf net and what I believe to be a pool vacuum. And, that's really what I know about the set-up I have.
Anyway, onto my question, we've had some very warm days the past couple of weeks; 70's and 80's and with that the grass is turning green, trees are budding, and the tarp on top of the pool has collected a fair bit of water that is turning fun shades of green and to me it looks like mighty nice mosquito breeding ground. I've used the leaf net to remove leaves from the cover, but beyond that I'm not sure what I ought to be doing. It seems too early to actually open the pool given we could in theory still get some snow and frigid temps.
Do I just pump the water off the cover at this point and keep removing leaves? Or is there a chemical I can add to the water that's on the cover to kill mosquito larva?
If pumping is the best option, any suggestions on an affordable yet effective pump to get the job done?
Thanks again, and feel free to weigh in on anything else you think would be good for a new, first time pool owner to know.