OK everyone. Need some reaassurance maybe and some sound advice from the professionals.
I thought today I would open up my cover and just take a look at how much ice is left to thaw before we can open the pool.
When doing that, I found that during the last couple weeks, the ice retracted from starting to thaw and in doing that, it pulled the gizmo out of the wall.
I was able to put it back into the outlet. The reason why I am even using a rubber gizmo vs a screwed in cap is that this pool is 40 years old and started off as a cement pool before the previous owners put in a vinyl liner over the top of it. They also had old metal lines back then and the previous owners took one line out but the other is still there and the threads are worn out so we used a gizmo this past year as the plastic cover that they were using broke.
Well granted to say, I will not use that gizmo upon closing this year and have decided to go back to that plastic little threaded cap as I found another one and will use teflon tape and screw it in like was done in previous years with a bit of underwater silicon. I guess the lesson of the day is if it works, dont mess with it.
Anyway, I did put antifreeze in the lines and I feel that the gizmo held most all winter until the spring thaw started. The lines are 2 ft down and no frost is left in most areas now. My thought is if I was leaking water, I probably would have noticed the drop in the water level, but it has definitely stayed the same.
Does everyone think I may have dodged a bullet? I think that as long as it stays 30 degrees or better, that I hope to be ok upon opening the pool in the next couple weeks.
By the way, the ice is about 10 inches thick yet so it will be at least 2 weeks before I can open the pool and that is depending on how warm it gets outside. Its thawed enough away from the walls that I was able to get my arm underneath and put the gizmo back in anyway.
Any thoughts if I can do anything different? My first thought is to leave everything alone and just open the succer up and see what happens. Am I correct in thinking that if there was a leak that the water level would go down?