Ok. I've looked through lots of forums. I know many reasons not to drain an in ground vinyl pool. My question is what to do if the pool is draining itself. I have lost about 18 inches of water overnight. I have a six foot long rip on the bottom side of the deep end right where the liner starts up the wall. I consider myself to be resourceful but see no way to patch something this big. Can the pool be left empty until spring when I can have a new liner installed? Do I need to take steps to prepare the pool for long period of being empty? I don't have a high water table. I also don't know how old the pool is or the construction as it was here when the home was purchased. I can't find anyone that will replace the liner until warmer weather. Any advise would be greatly appreciated.