We inherited the pool last year when we bought the house and I would still consider us newbie-learners, so all advice is appreciated.
We have an 18x36, in-ground, vinyl-lined, salt-water pool. We are planning to replace the liner next spring. The current liner is probably close to 10 years old, all faded-out and has been patched once (big patch). I don't think the patch is leaking, but water is getting out somewhere at the rate of about an inch every four days or so. I'm tired of fooling with it and just want to replace it.
We are in the Metro Atlanta area, so ice is not as big of a concern as it is up north; however, I do want to protect the pump/filter equipment. Last year, I just enclosed the pump/filter in a "box" of foam wall board with a 100 watt light inside and it kept the temp above 50 inside there all winter long. We also didn't close the pool and just ran the pump during the coldest hours of the night to protect the pipes.
But this winter, I don't even want to burn the electricity running a pump on a pool we can't use and are going to re-line anyway.
Given that next spring's pool opening will involved replacing the liner, my plan to close the pool is to blow out & plug the lines, drain & protect the pump, filter & skimmer. But, I don't plan to do anything with the water quality as far as ph levels or shocking, etc. I'm not even going to bother covering it up, mainly because we don't even own a pool cover - even though I'll have to get the leaves & large debris out of the pool every few days or so over the winter.
But I have a nagging feeling that, due to lack of pool experience, I might be overlooking something or shooting myself in the foot by ignoring water quality over the winter.
Advice? Comments? Dire Warnings?
Thanks in advance,