I have a small problem, and the pool store no mater how I explain it to them say don't do it! Her it goes. We live in NY and closed up the pool late August, I did full pool install and deck myself Anyways, before covering the pool, I drained the water to just below the return line about 1 inch before covering. I felt this would be enough to keep water out of the skimmer and just leave the skimmer hose removed for the winter. I did pump the cover off a few times befor winter hit.
My problem is with all the rain and wet snow I believe the water has crept up to the bottom of the skimmer and as the sun coms out slowly let's some water in the skimmer and then freezes. I have large ice cyclies coming out the bottom of the skimmer where the hose attaches for the pump. When the hole fills with ice during cold snaps the hole plugs and I'm afrade the skimmer is going to crack. I can not drain any water out due to it solid ice.
My thought was to go get one of the skimmer gizmos and put it in the skimmer to take up some of the expansion of the ice. The drain gets plugged anyways with ice, the gizmo will plug the drain so it does not crack and the gizmo will take up the expansion of the ice that does not drain. I know it's not ideal....but it still be better to have it then fill with just solid ice. Pool store said do not plug the hole! I tell them it's already plugged with ice! They also tell me it's only for In ground pools.
Any suggestions? I'm stumped on what to do. I totally understand you don't want to plug it, but if water is going to get in to it anyway what would be better?