This has been one massive winter so far in PA and I have an issue with my 25x15 pool. About a month ago I realized my air cushion deflated - it was too late however because there was already an ice layer and if I went to get a new one it would have only laid on top, plus I had a lot of ice and snow on the cover. I have a pump I let on the cover to try and keep it clean but we got 24" and another 28" of snow within 4 days so there was no stopping it. Because of the pillow deflating, the weight of the snow in the middle pushed pool water out and lowered my water level. Also, I turned the pump on the other day and thought I was pumping water off the cover from under the snow, apparently I must have a hole and was pumping pool water out for a while and REALLY lowered my level. I have the hose in trying to bring it back up but it's a slow process. The issue I face is the cover is pulling down hard on the sidewalls and bending them in. I broke up and removed probably 1000lbs of ice around the edges and relieved this stress, so now I'm working on getting the water level back up to support the walls. My question, is there anything I can do to replicate the air pillow until spring? I can't pump the water off the cover cause of the holes that formed, pool water just keeps oozing up and I end up pumping the pool out. Any suggestions would be great.
PS: Since I'm adding so much fresh water and it's only the end of February, should I dump a gallon of shock or something in to keep the water decent till spring since most of the winterization chemicals have been lost?\