Our above ground swimming pool has relieved itself of most of its water again this winter . In thinking about sharing this with all of you I realized that I never showed you what happened last year as at that time I wasn't on GTT much due to "life". Last year the extreme cold and an early freeze/thaw pattern caused ice to shift in the pool (we surmise)/(18'x33' oval) and apparently the liner flexed/tore and the water "trickled" out. We noticed it was pretty much empty around President's day when we saw the cover had gave up under the weight of the snow, with nothing to support it underneath. We found the missing water though! It was in the barn....in the form of a 6" layer of ice. Luckily nothing was damaged in the barn and the ice eventually melted. We didn't find the "smoking gun" hole in the liner that we had hoped. Instead, many small tears, 15 to be exact. Luckily the sand under to pool seemed solid although not perfectly smooth. So Mrs. CP eventually had the pool holding the 14,000 gallons of water the water truck brought us to fill'er back up. We knew with 15 patches, that the liner wouldn't last forever, but everything seemed fine when we splurged, and had the pool place close the pool for us in the fall (best $ ever spent?). I had a feeling it was leaking by the end of the year as the ground seemed awfully wet on the downhill side, but it was wet weather too. Well this week's thaw confirmed it, it's lost most of its water again. But there is no water in the barn . So we will wait and see. The new last fall winter cover is shot. Obviously a new liner is in order, and it of course it will need to be refilled, but that doesn't answer the "why" does this keep happening. Our theory is that it is a combo of the soil conditions (not good, especially in the vicinity of the pool) and the extreme cold of the last 2 winters. Time will tell, but we are contemplating throwing the towel in on the whole pool. We use the hot tub, way more than the pool anyway.
The amount of water left in it last year:
The skating rink in the barn:
The deck heaves this year:
The amount or lack of water:
Also to pour salt in the wounds, shortly after realizing the pool had issues, we realized our sand filter for the septic system was shot. We will blame it on old age (25 years old), yeah that's our story. And then while the lawn was tore up, I put some pressure on the town to clean out the ditch that carries all the road runoff into the woods. It was making us nervous in the spring and was damaging the berm that we had put in for extra protection. I used the material from the ditch to repair the lawn. It worked like a charm. The lawn is now smooth and I managed to get some grass seed down, but not many pics of the finished product.