I've got an inground pool with a vinyl liner that's at the end of its life. Due to a series of unfortunate events, my pool has been stagnant since the beginning of July. Currently, my pump isn't working -- it needs a new seal, and I can't get the impeller off to replace it. It's been that kind of year. Anyway, at this point, i just want to close the pool and deal with it all next year, when we plan to replace our liner. So I used a portable pump to lower the water below the return jets. That was fine, but all of a sudden, I appear to have a leak. I'm losing 1-2" a day. What to do?
I think I may know where the leak is. We had a leak patched in the corner of the floor of the shallow end, and there's a chance that the patch has come a bit loose. I could let it drain to about 1 foot left in the shallow end, hop in, check that patch, and if it's leaking, re-patch it. My concern is -- the pool is currently a swamp. Is it even safe to get in that water?
I could also hire a pro, but I also doubt any pro would want to deal with finding a leak until the pool is clean.
My other option is to fix or replace my pump, refill the pool, shock and clean the pool, then go in and try to find and repair the leak, or call a pro to fix the leak for me. I'd hate to do all that just to get the pool closed.
I could keep adding water to the pool throughout the winter, but at an inch a day, that's going to be a lot. I could let it go empty -- it's bad for the liner, but that needs to be replaced anyway. But I've heard it's also bad for the concrete, too.
I could replace the liner now, but I think it's just too late in the year to do a project like that.