I live down south of texas..about 30 miles from the gulf of mexico(near Port Lavaca) and was wondering what do I need to do to close down the pool? I'm thinking about closing it down here in the next couple of weeks. Its a 24' round intex metal frame pool and we have a hayward pump and DE filter. Should we just disconnect the pump and filter from the pool and store it? Drain the water down some? Should we just purchase a mesh cover for it? There are a few trees near it and do have some leaves that fall into the pool. would like to just the the return holes open so if it rains, the water can just drain out the holes if it rises. We really don't freeze down here..maybe we'll get to freezing..but its usually just a day or two. Should we take apart the DE filter and clean it?? If so..do we do that ourselves or do we take it somewhere to have it cleaned out? I bought it and connected it to the pool back in July...so it hasn't been cleaned yet. If we do it ourselves...is it hard to do? Never cleaned a DE filter before. Thanks in advance!!