I'm new here and I have a problem (or do I?). Probably the way most people join a forum like this...
OK, here's the story. I have an agp, oval, it is 14.5 by 23 (yes, it is a custom size, but heck it was free), and right now all my numbers are good thanks to the advice I've read here at tfp. I love The Pool Calculator.
When I first had the pool set up (I had it done professionally) and when this incident occurred I was using a floating chlorine dispenser - the source of my problem. I have since installed an inline chlorinator (Hayward model cl200), so far so good.
This was a few weeks ago, we were away for week, on vacation down to Cape Cod and some friends came over to use our pool. I had asked them to come by everyday and check the filter/skimmer. Told them to go ahead and use the pool if they wanted...
On Tuesday, they used the pool and apparently when they removed the solar cover, they flipped over the floaty-thing chlorinator and the cover came off and as you can guess, the tablet fell out and then sat on the pool floor...for five days They didn't realize it was a problem - they aren't pool savvy.
I pulled the puck out of the pool - or what was left of it - as soon as I saw it. There is now a 2 or 3 foot wide by 6 or 8 foot long bleached out section of my liner. There is in the middle of this stain(?) a 18 in or so wide by 4 or 5 foot long area that is dimpled or crinkled. I do not see any holes or tears. My water level seems to be holding, accounting for evaperation.
Questions for you all:
Should I patch this crinkled area? It is right in front my ladder, so it is in area that gets a bit more "foot traffic" than the rest of the pool. I have found large patching material on the net. Like these: http://www.websweeper.com/php/pool_liners/ig-055.php or what about "pool decals" that just sit on the pool floor to cover/protect the affected area?
If I patch it or not, what about using an automatic pool vac? I had gotten a good deal on a Barracuda Ranger. Am I now unable to use this vac? Can you vac, manually or automatically over a patch or a decal?
Do I need to replace my liner in the spring? I hope not! Its brand new and the custom size made it expense, over $500!
In addition to all this, when I was inspecting this damage, I noticed what looks like a 3 or 4 inch diameter divot under the liner a few feet away. There is small bump around one side of the divot where it seems the material underneath has bunched up. My pool installer used clay under the liner. Can I work the clay around the divot back into it and smooth it out? Or, I'm thinking, in the fall empty the pool and fix the divot and the crinkled part?
Thanks in advance for all your helpfull suggestions