Has anyone successfully mothballed an IG vinyl lined pool?
I'm trying to determine my options for a pool that I can't afford at this time, but really don't want to fill in either. Wife and kids would be devastated, and (somewhat less importantly) I'd have more grass to mow . Hopefully a few years from now circumstances will be different and it can be brought back to life.
The situation is that the liner is only three years old but is leaking like a sieve (as much as 1" per day). After plugging the main drain -- burst pipe due to chronic procrastination when winterizing -- we found a 1" gash near a seam that was causing substantial erosion of the diagonal wall nearby. Despite patching this gash, the drainage continues unabated.
After spending $4K for the liner and $1K+ for water replacement and chemicals since then, I just can't come up with the cash to get another liner. This one is such a nightmare, and I have no way to know if the next will be the same as well. How does a gash like this appear in 8' of water? It's not like anyone is down there with a razor blade...
Barring miracle repairs of some sort, the liner is a total loss either way, so saving the liner is not in my mental calculus here. Here's what I would have as a basic plan:
1) Drain (duh!)
2) Antifreeze (fill pipes 100% -- top off each fall)
3) Leave liner in place to help protect walls and floor -- or will it just fall out of the channel due to shrinkage? A foot or so let go last winter when it drained about halfway. I think the leaves at the bottom plugged up all the holes for us, stopping it from draining completely :P
4) Cut large gashes in bottom of liner for drainage
5) Pump standing water as needed (don't want mosquitoes!)
6) Cover w/ LoopLoc
Does this have any shot of working, or is it inevitable that the pool will be completely destroyed without water in it?
I do not know the depth of the water table, but I am only 1 mile from the ocean and I know of other spots in my town with a shallow water table. I assume this means it is at least a risk.
My deep end is ~8 feet deep. The floor of my basement is ~5ft below grade and it has only flooded twice in 10 years, both of which were "100 year storms" I don't recall groundwater being a big issue when installing the liner either. Who knows what sits in those unknown 3ft, but it sounds somewhat promising?
Has anyone successfully pulled off a mothballing and re-start of an IG vinyl lined pool?