I'm new to this forum and need a little advice. I'm in process of buying a home with a pool. I have two little toddler boys and I wouldn't be able to sleep at night with a pool in the backyard.
I was planning on draining it and building a deck over it for safety as well as increasing the play area in the back yard. However, now I'm reading about the pitfalls of leaving a pool drained (pool shell floating out of the ground). I live in Southern California with very little rain so I don't know if this is an issue for us.
I plan in refilling the pool a few years down the line when my boys are physically able to learn how to swim so I don't want extreme damage to the pool.
I was also thinking about keeping the pool filled and install a pool safety cover over it and then build a deck over it. Is this a good idea? Having the kids play on top of a deck with 10 feet of water underneath makes me kinda nervous though.