I know how to clean up a green pool, but this year seems pretty bad from the normal openings I have had. Plus, I have about 6 inches of ice to deal with.
Here is what I am asking: Would you pull the mesh cover back during the day to let the daylight help melt the Ice so that I can open this pool up soon to start the cleanup process or just leave it covered and have more patience.
This was a really cool spring and we had a snowstorm in April that dumped about 2 feet of snow. It finally melted away the end of April, which is pretty far behind our normal weather. Now I look in the pool and WOW IS IT GREEN! Plus, the ice was so thick this year that it pulled the rubber gizmo from the return line into the pool due to it being an old metal line yet from the 70's. Then it punctured a really tiny hole into the liner. Luckily, I found it and did not see any water behind the liner and I stuck a small round patch onto it. Worked like a charm plus I had leftover liner from when the previous owner. Lucky I guess.
So the other question is that since that metal return line was blown out and I had RV antifreeze in it as a second safeguard and that the line is below the frost line, and the fact that the water has not leaked out from the pool, should tell me that I may have dodged a bullet here right? This year was a brutal winter in ND.
So to recap:
1. Should I pull the cover back to help thaw the ice and may increase the algae more?
2. Leave the cover on and let nature take its course?
3. Thoughts on the return line gizmo coming out during the spring thaw?
Attached are a couple of pictures. I was able to break some of the ice up today in the deep end so it tells me that the sun today did help move it along. Let me know your thoughts.