I am getting ready to close my inground pool. It's been losing about 4-5 inches of water a week for the past 2-3 weeks. I just checked on it and, after filling to within an inch of the top of the skimmer, it's drawing air again. I am 99% sure it's the 12 year old vinyl liner that's leaking and it's too late to do anything about it now, I need to close it tomorrow. I'll replace the liner in the spring.
My fear is the pool will be losing water over the entire winter. I'm in Illinois so refilling will be an option until about mid-December but once the real cold hits I can't run the hose. I probably won't be able to get to the cover through the snow and ice by early January.
What happens if the pool completely drains over the winter? Or drains so it's just 2' of ice at the bottom?
I knew I shouldn't have tried to squeeze this last year out of the liner...