This was my first season as a pool-owner, so I am preparing for my first closing. I've read the info here about closing, and I've talked to several other local pool owners. I am undecided on how to proceed with the closing. I live in North Alabama so we do have freezing temps in the winter, but certainly not as cold as other areas. Currently our high temps are anywhere from 60-80 degrees. I'm tempted to close now before the leaves start falling, but I've also read it's best to wait until temps are below 60. However, here in North AL we could easily have a surprise 70 degree day in December.
First, I would like to understand what exactly happens over the winter. I have a porous safety cover, so I understand rain water and sunlight will get into the pool. Is there any maintenance / chemical checking that has to be done over the winter? Or does the pool just sit there until we uncover it in the spring? Is it supposed to remain clear during the winter, or does it turn green? Just not sure what to expect.
I've been told by some that it's not necessary to blow out the lines in our climate. I am nervous about this. Is pool antifreeze an alternative? If so, where is it added? I should also note that my pump and equipment sit below the water level of the pool and returns.
Thanks for your help.