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    catastrophic liner failure

    I came home yesterday to find the center of my pool cover about 18" lower then it should be. I walked down and took a look only to find that the pool must have some sore of catastrophic liner failure very low on the pool. The whole outside of the pool on the bottom 3 -5 inches is now solid ice. We had a lot of snow followed by a rain storm a few weeks later so that sort of formed a ring that prevented the leaking water from running away from the outside of the pool wall. Because of all the ice in the pool, I can't tell where the leak is and even if I could find it and get at it, what would I do?
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    Re: catastrophic liner failure

    Wait till it melts. If you can't see the cause, we can't suggest the cure.

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    Re: catastrophic liner failure

    Depending on what type of pool cover, you may want to release it so it doesn't put pressure on the walls.
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    Re: catastrophic liner failure

    Well folks here is what it looked like until today. The patch I put on developed a weak seal on one spot and then it started to leak again. Well lets just say I got to watch 18,000 gallons exit stage left. The seam failure opened up more as a result of the water pushing the sand away.

    I will be going back to the MFG to see if they will cover this, but it sure looks like a seam failure to me.
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    Re: catastrophic liner failure

    That looks like seam failure to me too. Hopefully they'll take care of it.
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    Re: catastrophic liner failure

    Ouch! I hope they do replace that for you! Hope your water expense where you are isn't too much as well...
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    Re: catastrophic liner failure

    Well folks if you need to buy a new liner I can say that the customer service at GLI is top notch. Here is what I got back from them after just two days of reviewing my case.

    "I have a new liner shipping out to you this morning. Thanks for your patience in this situation."
    Thanks http://www.glipoolproducts.com/

    The process was very simple to follow and Ryan at GLI was very nice to work with.

    As for the water, I am lucky, I have a natural artesian spring at my house that runs 24x7 on it's own. I just put a 1.5" pipe about 10' down the casing and hook up the pump and go.
    27' Round Esther Williams 52" wall
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    Re: catastrophic liner failure

    The new liner arrived today. I am so impressed with GLI!
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    Re: catastrophic liner failure

    I'm surprised they covered that since it's not really a seam separation (at least from what i can see). It's just a tear that followed the seam since the seam is thicker. It looks like something scraped the liner along the seam ( look at the white line leading up to the tear). Actual seam separations can be identified by 2 flaps of vinyl in the shape of a V that separate from the other part of the vinyl that fit inside that V gap. Regardless other things can happen like when they weld the vinyl it melts too much and gets thin etc.
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    Re: catastrophic liner failure

    It would have been hard for something to have scraped it, since the pool had about a foot of ice on the top at the time it let go. My guess is that the cold caused the liner contract just enough to cause a weak spot to show up.
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