Hi, this is my first time posting, although through this website over the last 2 summers, I've learned not to spend tons of money on chemicals, and have switched to BBB - so thank you!
I did not close my pool professionally this past year, just threw in some bleach throughout the year, and cleaned debris from the bottom. When I filled it about a week ago (it had dropped to the bottom of the pool skimmer plate) I filled it about 4" above the skimmer, but within just 5 days it had dropped back down to the bottom of the skimmer plate (water is still going in, but just barely). SO, clearly I have a leak. However I just called my pool company (Browning Pool, Germantown MD) and they said because I hadn't had them close it last year, that my pipes probably froze, and broke, and they're talking major repairs after they come out and pressure test. The pressure test is $400.00.
Is it indeed likely that A) Because I didn't blow the pipes out, put in antifreeze etc., that my pipes have in fact broken underground, or B) Could it be that I have a tear in my liner somewhere above the skimmer line? (Our hammock stand got blown into the pool this winter, and it's metal, and we had to drag it out)...
Should we hire a diver to come in and try to find a leak in the liner, or just suck it up and go with the pressure testing? Also, what's the likely hood of a pool in MD (just outside DC) freezing and breaking our pipes?
On a positive note, just using the BBB method, within days my pool went from yucky brown, to sparkling blue!
Thanks for any insight that you can give me!
PS - I hope this is the correct forum to ask these questions..