I bought a house with my fiance this winter and the house came with an above ground pool. Neither one of us took care of a pool, so we're new to this! The first hurdle is that the cover fell off sometime in the winter with the previous owners, and they never put it back. So the water is pretty black.
My brother-in-law suggested I drain it and refill it over a couple of days. He said it would take way longer to try to shock the muck out. I have a sub-pump and I pay a flat fee in my town for water so that should be Ok.
Should I shock the water once the pool is refilled or just chlorinate it? Should I empty it completely or should I empty 3/4's of the way, refill it and then shock the diluted mess?
Everyone I talk to seems to have a different opinion, so I'm just trying to get ideas!