Hi there. I have an above ground pool that is closed for the winter. Not long after I winterized the pool I realized there was a leak. I can only assume that I tore the liner when I took the stairs out before putting the winter cover on. I was hoping the leak would turn out to be on the side of the pool and not in the bottom, but as time goes on I'm realizing that I don't get that lucky. At this point my pool water is about two and a half to 3 feet below the normal water line (pool is about 4' on the edges and bellied out to about 5' in the center). Since I live near Chicago, I've got a good 2 inch crust of ice on the water and my cover has been mostly pulled in and the gross water on top of the cover is now in my pool and the water is disgusting. I'm not worried about cleaning the pool water come spring time, but I am worried about what I'm going to do if I keep loosing water. Do I need to worry about the sides collapsing if there is no water in there, or are there any other problems I will run into come spring when I try to find and fix the leak? I guess what I'm asking is what I should do at this point.
Thanks for any advice!