My first post's subject line was not very descriptive of my problem...
First year above ground pool owner here. 24' round, deck built 3/4 distance
around, winter was coming and was time to cover it up.
Left over hurricane and rains knocked over a big tree which missed the pool
except for a branch which hit the coping (bent it) and ripped the cover in
several places. I patched the biggest rip (I could reach it) and then I put
a 15'x4.5' inflate pillow under the over to keep the smaller holes out of
Now winter is here and the cover has frozen water on it. The water level in
the pool had been lowered to below the skimmer but now the water level
includes a thick layer of ice and is about 1 1/2" below where the liner
slips into the channel in the frame.
I didn't think there would be much water transfer into the pool from the
holes as they were out of the water. Local pool comany says that it's just
the weight of the water/ice on the cover that rose the level.
I was toying with the idea of busting a hole in the ice and syphoning out
some water but I don' want the slab of ice built under the cover to rub and
maybe tear the liner as it sinks lower in the pool.
What happens is the pool freezes over the top? Does it just run and freeze
over or does it take parts with it?
What do you think?