I am a new homeowner. I relocated from Milwaukee to Austin, TX. I will have owned the home for 30 days tomorrow. I have a very real fear my backyard is moving, and taking my pool with it. I live in East Austin where there is a bunch of clay soil. The homeowner had the foundation leveled in 2011 and had 12 piers installed, so it really wouldn't be a stretch if it were. I noticed a brand new crack in the deck from where the deck meets the house traversing the length of the pool parallel to the pool wall. I expressed my concern to my realtor yesterday... he said I was crazy and that cosmetic shifting happens and that the pool isn't being eaten by the backyard and to relax.
Well, crazy-pants me woke up this morning to a brand new crack in the bottom of my pool, about the size of my hand. I went to take some pictures of it and as I was traversing the pool to the deep end, the bottom of the pool suddenly began to feel like a waterbed under my feet. There is *bleeping* water under the fiberglass. I have seriously never felt such a sense of panic save for being on a frozen lake and watching zig-zagging cracks rip the ice up underneath my feet.
The last owner had the pool repaired in 2013. I called the same company that did the repairs. They aren't under warranty. My home warranty doesn't cover structural pool damage, either.
The company that did the repairs is coming out on Monday. I am asking for any advice/suggestions/words of encouragement from those who have been there. I am all by myself, and this will be a HUGE financial burden, so I really want to make sure I'm not going to get ripped off.
Pics of the crack: http://imgur.com/a/wpwr3