I put the pool cover pump on the pool cover today (2nd time since pool closed). I thought the cover (resting on the water) looked a little low, so I put the outlet end of the hose under the cover to pump the water back into the pool. After the cover was pumped off, it still looked low, so I moved some water bags and peered inside with a flashlight. The water in the shallow end was down to 3 or 4 inches!!!
Pool was closed with water level 18" below normal level; for some reason, the returns are 12" below the normal water level, so there wasn't a good level between the skimmer and returns; so I closed with the water level below the returns.
1) Here's the big question, is the liner is ruined? Pushing on the side felt like pushing on a balloon, it's shrunk up like I read it would do if drained too far. It's supposedly only 2 or 3 years old.
2) What should I expect to pay for a liner? Also, I might get the 2 returns and the other outlet (I suspect it's for a pool cleaner) lowered to 18" so the pool can be closed more easily while I'm at it.
3) Should I take the cover off (it's new for this year) in an attempt to save it? It turns out to be too small for the pool, since the pool has to be closed with the water level so low... so it is stretched to some extent when installed normally, it doesn't go straight down the walls and has to be secured with ropes. Since the water's dropped another 30", only about half of it is resting on the water at this point.
IIRC, I closed October 2nd, so water has dropped 5"/week... I thought the pool used a lot of water this year, but being a new pool owner, I kinda chalked it up to an extremely hot summer and a leaky outlet on my pool pump http://www.troublefreepool.com/how-d...king%20threads. I obviously should've done the bucket test, good lord it is biting me now.