I have been a pool owner for almost eight years, but have only opened the pool for perhaps four of those years. Last year when I attempted to prep for opening, I first tried to drain some of the water out to get at the leaves that had collected in the cover (the pool hadn't been opened the previous year, so had lots of leaves in the winter cover). I drained maybe a foot of water, but when I went to have a look, I noticed that the long sides of my pool, including the cement decking, had pulled inward, away from the soil maybe 2-3 inches.
Foolishly, I called my home insurance company to see if they could come have a look. It turns out that no insurance policy covers buckling, but now they require proof that I fixed my pool problem, or they will not renew my policy, since I have alerted them that the pool is now a liability.
I have had a few pool companies, even a masonry company come out to have a look, but nobody has given me a quote that is within my budget, since this will be entirely out of pocket. This pool was built from a kit 32 years ago, and the lady who installed it said it has metal supports at the sides.
Is repairing this buckling something that can be done myself? We've thought of having the pool taken out entirely, but are reluctant to jump to such a drastic step. I don't want to lose my home insurance, but if I try to get a new policy with another company, won't they say the same thing if they see the pool?