Getting the frogs out, kids in – page 2 gas stoichiometry formula

This is the pump, filter portion. The inlets left to right are spa, bottom drain, skimmers (there are 2). Return then runs underground over to the heater, which was the plumbing in the prior photo. In that one it’s spa on the left, two for the pool.

You can see a little of the other plumbing in the photo below, but not much. But there’s not much more to see, actually. Comes up out of the ground, through the pump, back down into the ground. I’m guessing the check valve is in a loop to the spa. The spa has 4 floor drains, I’m guessing two are on the main pump/heater loop and the other two maybe just on that pump with the check valve. You can see the blower there on the top right. There are also two pipes running up above pool level that just hold the wiring junctions for the pool and spa lights (which are small 120V Sta-Rite Sunlights, 1 in spa, two in pool. I’ll probably replace them with color LEDs after everything’s running.) I can’t tell where that third pump is drawing from or sending to. There’s a water outlet at the top of the slide, so I’m guessing the out goes there. But not sure where the in comes from.

This is a great thread! I had a similar situation with a foreclosed house we bought 3 years ago. Luckily the pool had been winterized (probably several years prior), but there was no cover, tons of garbage, frogs, and the water was a thick green pea soup kind of consistency. It will be very rewarding when you are finished. By the way, I am super jealous of the slide and the zero entry! Also, the kids and their friends will LOVE the diving board. Looks like a tremendous pool.

One thing I thought I would mention is to be prepared for even if the pump and filter work, that these things might fail soon, as the neglect and what not from the prior owners take its toll. In fact the three pumps shown in your picture look to be in pretty bad shape. My pump lasted a bit over a year, and then it failed and I replaced it with a variable speed pump (which saved me huge money on electric anyway). The heater made it a little longer, but that failed as well.

Looking at your photos, it look like you actually have three pumps (I am guessing one for the pool, one for the hot tub, and one for the slide, but not sure), and the a fourth pump for what is likely a side pressure hose for a pool cleaner. We had the same side pressure thing (it must have been popular ten plus years ago. I made the mistake of buying a pool vacuum for it, which never really did the job. That was a waste of $600, I only used it for a few times, then the pump for it failed. I then invested in a standalone pool robot. You can also simply brush and vacuum yourself for a while, but that might get old and time consuming.

Some advice on the water – the two basic items that are critical are chlorine (FC) and pH. For the most part, the other things you will test are all designed to make the FC and pH easier to maintain and manage. For example, CYA is there to slow down the ultraviolet light breakdown of your chlorine, etc…

While your pool is filling I would not worry too much about your CYA. Chlorine and Muriatic Acid are pretty cheap, and I think you need some good circulation to get some of the other things to mix into your water, and you don’t have your pump and filter tested out yet.

This is the pump, filter portion. The inlets left to right are spa, bottom drain, skimmers (there are 2). Return then runs underground over to the heater, which was the plumbing in the prior photo. In that one it’s spa on the left, two for the pool.

You can see a little of the other plumbing in the photo below, but not much. But there’s not much more to see, actually. Comes up out of the ground, through the pump, back down into the ground. I’m guessing the check valve is in a loop to the spa. The spa has 4 floor drains, I’m guessing two are on the main pump/heater loop and the other two maybe just on that pump with the check valve. You can see the blower there on the top right. There are also two pipes running up above pool level that just hold the wiring junctions for the pool and spa lights (which are small 120V Sta-Rite Sunlights, 1 in spa, two in pool. I’ll probably replace them with color LEDs after everything’s running.) I can’t tell where that third pump is drawing from or sending to. There’s a water outlet at the top of the slide, so I’m guessing the out goes there. But not sure where the in comes from.