After fighting with my winter cover ever since closing the pool this fall, I lost the battle yesterday. We had a big Storm with lots of rain and wind come through and when I got home from work my winter cover was floating in the pool.
I live in a high wind area and had been considering going without a cover for awhile but now I have to decide. It gets very cold here and there is potential for the pool to freeze. My questions about going cover-less for the winter:
1. Water level - water level is currently just below the skimmer due to the water from the cover and rainstorm. I assume I want to pump some water out...maybe to 6 inches below the skimmer? I'm worried about continued precipitation and ice expansion after freezing.
2. Chlorine levels - do I need to worry about this? I assume the sun will use up the chlorine faster without a cover but its too cold for algae so...?
Any other words of advice? This is my first winter with a pool so I am a bit unsure what to expect. Thanks!