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Question DetailsAsked on 9/29/2013

Whats the cost of a inground pool inspection?

The pool has been sitting covered for a year...It's half full and the water is black. Frogs in it. I don't know if the pump/filter works.

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Bad news - if it is in that condition, unless you want to end up paying for a totally new pump and filter system a month down the road, it needs to be pumped out to a sewer or surface drain (WILL be stinky) - assuming it is safe to fully empty it considering your water table level, then scrubbed down and refilled a foot or so and shock chlorinated, then circulated and aerated without a filter, then rescrubbed with bleach and pool cleanser and hosed down and emptied again, then filled a few feet or so and run with a filter (and probably a filter change or two) while the gutters and decks are washed down and scrubbed again, then pumped out, cartridge filter and sand filter sand (if you have one) changed and the pump and circulating system flushed thoroughly, THEN refilled with clean water and chlorinated and brought up to proper pH and heated.

Total cost typically $500-1000 PLUS cost of the water for the refilling, depending on how much damage occurrred to the circulating system, which was probably left full of water which is also stagnant and may have frozen in the pipes. I would talk to a professional pool company about this, not just a pool cleaner, about what needs to be done to rehabilitate it with least additional damage. The look-see and estimate to rehabilitate it would normally be free if you are asking for a bid to do the work.

I would wonder, depending on the part of the country you are in, whether it might be a shade late for this year - if you are not about to use it, maybe just have it pumped out (NOT using the pool pump) and refilled only as much as it need to be for stability, then do the full cleaning next spring.

Answered 6 years ago by LCD

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