As we get closer to the cooler temperatures I'm starting to seriously consider the process of closing down my pool for the winter. This will be our first year of leaving it up and after everything I've read and all the other post I feel pretty confident that it will be ok. I plan to wait until the water is consistently 60 degrees or cooler, then I will bring my chlorine to slam level and take my pump and fittings inside. I did buy a large cover and a pillow assuming that I needed to cover it for the winter , but by the time that comes around most of the leaves around us will have already fallen and we don't get many to start with. I'm wondering if I actually need to cover it or if it can or should be left uncovered? In my mind the cover would keep what sun we get from eating up my chlorine over the winter, but maybe the winter sun is not strong enough to do that? So basically is the cover to protect the chlorine levels or to keep leaves out of the pool? Also do I need to monitor my chemicals over the winter while it is shut down or can I raise it to slam and ignore it until spring???
Thank you in advance for any advice and I have to say that my summer was awesome thanks to tfp and next year's probably going to be even better due to some upgrades I'm going to make now that I'm not scared!