I'm a first time pool owner in Fiddletown, California. The pool was competed in June 2016, and I've benefited a lot from discussions on the TFP site. I'm now trying to figure out if I need to winterize my pool. It's a 15 x 30 in ground, plaster pool with a SWG that is controlled by an Pentair Intellichem/Intellichlor system which is supposed to automatically control the pH and chlorine/ORP. This works pretty well, except that I've had to consistently add acid. But the pool has remained clear and sparkling. The pool has an automatic Save-T3 pool cover by Cover Pools. I'm at about 2000 feet in the Sierra Foothills. Winter weather is generally fairly mild - temperatures can be freezing at night, but almost always warm up during the day. Still, there have been a few years when I've had frozen, busted PVC irrigation pipes, so I do winterize my above ground pipes/risers in the late fall. I know I need to keep the water off my pool cover, and am using a sump pump supplied by the pool company. Should I leave the pool open or winterize - which sounds like a major hassle. Thanks for any advice.
PS, I get from the TFP site that all this equipment might not be necessary, might even be more trouble than it's worth - live and learn!