Just bought a house that came with a 10 x 40 lap pool. Never had a pool before so all this is new to me. After getting the local pool maintenance company to come out and replace PVC pipe and valves that cracked during last winter freezes and getting charged $300 for 2 valves and a few pieces of PVC and getting a quote to open, maintain and close the pool in the thousands of $$$, it seemed time to see how much of this I could do myself.
After pulling off the plastic tarps, a couple of bubble covers all held down by water bags and cleaning and drying all the cover stuff, it was apparent this pool needed help. The water was a deep green, the cement apron around the pool was black, and the retaining wall around 3 sides of the pools was covered with moss and dirt. The previous owner had a bag of "shock treatment" so I threw that in the pool and went and bought a test kit. Initial and follow on readings are below.
Found this web site and started the BBB approach. In a day or so the water cleared enough to see lots of sand on the bottom of the pool where the water entered from a jet nozzle on one end and a waterfall feature on the other end. Figured the sand filter laterals were shot, so ordered new ones and plan to put those in this weekend.
Noticed the pump cover looked all gunked up with grease so removed it and found a seal that didn't fit wedged between the cover and base. Ordered a now one from Amazon, cleaned up the cover, greased the square 0-ring and installed that. Turned the pump on and it seems to circulate water fine.
Power washed all the areas around the pool to get rid of the dirt and grime and whatever was growing in the muck.
Started adding jugs of chlorine purchased from the grocery store.
Apr 22: FC .05, TC .07, pH 6.8, TA 33, CH 84 CA 16
Apr 25: FC low, TC .01, pH 7.2, TA 58, CH 92 CA 13
Apr 26: FC .30, TC .68, pH 7.5, TA 57, CH 80 CA 17
Apr 27: FC .48, TC 1.93, pH 7.8, TA 73, CH 85 CA 15
Will hopefully repair the Hayward S220T sand filter this weekend. I'll wash the sand using a hose to clean the sand after opening the top of the filter. Remove the sand, replace the laterals, replace sand and add more.
Will then vacuum to waste all the junk on the bottom of the pool, then start filtering the water.
Questions: Am I on the right track? (I've been reading a lot on this site, but all this is new and I may be missing something basic that I should be doing). Any suggestions, encouragement, pointers are deeply appreciated.
Does anyone know the depth of space above the sand so that I know how much sand to add?
I have a box of borax and 10 1lb boxes of baking soda. Not sure when to add those into the mix.