We purchased a house located in Maryland in late December. By the time we go here, there was nothing we could do to better the pool and the tarp that was falling apart while attempting to keep the pool covered. We were told that the pool wasn't opened for 1 season and that it may need resurfacing, but it came with the house as is. Aside from swimming in pools, my husband and I have no experience with them. I had a pool guy come out and he recommended draining and cleaning the pool at the very least ($1000). He said we could take our time doing the other things it needed, but that is will take significant work. We would like to have the pool up and running at least one season before we have to make decisions on tiles, resurfacing, etc. Our total quote to get it back in shape was around $15,000 (tile, resurfacing, draining and cleaning, new filter).
We don't know a lot about the pool. I'm not sure of the size or how to figure that out. I do know that the filter was purchased in 1991 and that the pool was build in the late 70's. It is gunite and has a DE filter. The pool guy said the filter looks like it needed replaced.
Other advice I've received was NOT to drain the pool, but to clean it, backwash the filter, and shock it. My husband removed the tarp yesterday and tried scooping out more of the debris. I have not tested the water at all, but plan to get the test kit recommended. The pictures were taken yesterday after my husband worked on it.
Is this pool salvageable without draining it? Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!