We just moved into a house with a pool (see my sig.). I knew nothing about pools before this last month but have been learning quickly, I've been working on cleaning the pool and water chemistry, etc. but overnight last night my water dropped 1.5 inches. I noticed a tear (about 6") on the floor of the shallow end for the first time yesterday (it may have been there for some time, the water only just cleared to see it 4 or 5 days ago). Do I have a leak (someone already said probably in another thread) and what should I do now? My pump runs all day (no timer yet) but I turned off my skimmer intakes since the water was too low (they may have been sucking air for sometime before I got out there, I didn't know there was a problem before I went to bed and left them open). Should I plug inlets and turn off the pump?
I went out and looked at the pool (which has continued to drop at the same rate it seems). The vinyl liner is pulling away from the wall (but feels like it's filled with air, not water, at least above the water level--I didn't try below). Is this indicative of water exiting that tear and running behind the liner? I don't see any bulging of the liner below the water but I do see a lot MORE wrinkling in the liner (esp. around fittings and light). As I consider it, I think the wrinkling was new a few days ago (maybe with the tear?). All of this is new to me I'm just really miffed about this problem right as the water is clarifying and things are getting balanced. Is there anything I can do besides a liner replacement?