Hi everyone, I'm new to the board and in a bit of a panic. A quick introduction, my name is Nick and I live in West Michigan. I purchased my current house with an in-ground pool 8 years ago. The pool is a 16x32 in-ground by Polynesian and has a low-hung liner.
So here's the deal, I finally finished closing my pool yesterday as it was supposed to get cold here this week. Everything went as planned, pool drained down below plumbing, blew the lines, capped everything, chemicals and cover the pool. After covering the pool I put the hose back in and began filling it back up to the level I normally leave it at for winter, about 3" below the skimmer "hole". I ended up turning the hose off at about 11PM last night as I was going to bed. I still wanted to put an inch or two more in today but figured that was good for the night. The only thing I wasn't able to complete was to run anti-freeze into the plumbing as I forgot to buy it and everything was closed.
Today my girlfriend got home from work and called and said the cover seemed a lot lower than what it was last night when she saw it. I asked her to pull the corner back on the cover to look how low it was and it's low...really low. There's probably 4-6" of water in the shallow end. There's also a large "rip/s" in the liner in the shallow end.
I don't know if there was a leak that caused it to drain then the liner ripped or the liner ripped and that allowed the water to drain, but either way it has definitely drained and needs to be replaced.
So here's my real question, am I OK leaving the pool uncovered for the winter knowing I have to replace the liner in the spring anyway or am I risking damage to other parts of the pool by doing that, like the fiberglass walls?
I've taken the cover off and looked at it...the major damage is in the shallow end but the rest is now bubbling and all out of sorts. I called Polynesian to see what they recommended and they said I could go buy a custom piece of plastic that was big enough to cover the entire pool (bottom, sides, etc. draped from the concrete) and fill the pool for the winter that way. It may not be but this seems like a huge pain and rather costly for something I'll just be throwing away.
I guess I'm just looking for any advice that can be given.
Thank you ahead of time and nice meeting you!