Question: I am in the process of opening my pool tomorrow. It was so cold I scooped the rest of the ice out of my in-ground 16x32' 22k gallon pool. I plan to now fill it up and get the water moving. Overall the clearness is great which tells me the closing part went well as I did the chemicals but the pool company did the blowing of the lines etc for me.
I now have the main drain cover that looked odd to me so I touched it a bit with my pole. It moved! So Darn, Now it looks like one of the screws broke and the one side moves a bit. The screws that hold the main drain cover down are a bit rusty which tells me they must now have used stainless steel. Now I do think that the pool place added way too much pressure when they blew the lines out which caused this issue and I know it was solid before we closed as I was just under water cleaning around the bottom main drain a bit last fall upon closing.
So now the question I have is this: Is those screws threaded into the cover? If it snapped, most likely the other half is in the threaded area and I hope once the cover is removed that the broken end can come out. I don't believe it is leaking at all and that tells me the screws are faulty with a combination of too much air pressure from the pool place. I plan to call them in the am to see if they can compensate for the repair. I plan to use them for the repair too as they are great and have the scuba gear to reach it and replace it properly. Its 8 feet deep.
I plan to fire it up tomorrow and do you all think there is any issue with doing that? I don't think there would be as long as I don't bump it when I am cleaning the pool bottom. I could wait till it warms up but I cant hold my breath for that long of a time to replace the cover and the 2 screws as most likely is what I would want done.
Any suggestions? Sucks for sure but I want it fixed and plan to call them in the am to schedule the repair and check on the cost that they would run me.
I just want to at least get the pool running and do not believe doing that would cause any harm to anything while I wait for the pool company to come and fix my issue. What do the professionals think here?