We inherited this pool when we bought a foreclosed home last year. I am now trying to get it up and running.
Some background: it's a ~25k gal IG plaster pool that was severely neglected for years. Probably wasn't winterized one year and all exposed plumbing cracked and the pool drained itself, (situated on a hill side with no drainage issues). The CoverPool auto cover disintegrated and ripped off the tracks into the pool. Then years of no water, tons of organic debris, etc has broken off lots of the plaster and cause divers in the gunite. Yes, this is what we started with...
What I've done so far... Emptied and Cleaned it out as good as possible including pressure washing etc. had the pool company replace all the exposed plumbing. Had American Leak determine there were no leaks in any of the lines. yay! Pool company replaced the light unit and checked the pump, still works.. I've also ordered a replacement cover. Also, relocated the frogs and tadpoles! Filled it about 30% full to make sure it held water. Yes, it did, beautifully. Drained and cleaned again.
Btw, we're planning getting the pool up and running for the summer and after we make sure that everything works ok and there are no surprise leaks, we'll replaster in the fall.
So, not sure where to go next... I think the main drain is clogged with probably dense organic sludge.
I'd like to start filling the pool but feel that I should try to flush out the main drain first.
Is it possible to use the pump on the main drain only with just some water in the bottom of the pool or do I need to fill the entire pool before putting water through the 'Waste' valve on my sand filter? Should I try to back flush using a Drain King or something first?
Can I put the hose directly in the skimmer and pump skimmer water through the 'Waste' valve until clear?
That's enough to get me started, I think... I'd really appreciate any help you guys could provide.