Will Liner Collapse If Left Empty
We have a 24' x 52" round pool with a liner that was put in two years ago. The pool itself is 12 years old.
We had a problem with leaves and stuff getting into the pool when the cover went in this winter during a huge snowstorm. We have emptied it totally to get to the gunk on the bottom.
When I called to get the water trucked in for filling, they said it was possibly going to collapse due to the liner pulling away from the wall while empty then being stretched when filled. Is this true? Should we not get the pool filled?
Yes, this is very true. A vinyl liner will shrink when left empty. The older the liner the less it will be willing to stretch back out. You are lucky that your liner is only two years old, it should be fine. After that they can be very difficult to refill.
I would start the filling with a garden hose, and if full sunshine. It is the sun that soften the liner and allow it to stretch.
Get at least a foot of water in it this way, even if it takes a couple of days. With a foot of water you will know how the liner is going to fit. If it stretches out and is flat against the wall, without pulling it inward, you are probably just fine to order the water truck.
If the liner is to tight, you may be able to release it a little from the top, if it is an overlap liner.
But I would definitely hold off on the water truck until you know if the liner will be reusable or not.