Last year the pool was less than 2 months old at closing. I had the pool store close it up and I wasn't home when they came. We closed late Sept. and dh and I opened the poolourselves in late April. Water was crystal clear. I didn't have my test kit yet so I'm not sure what the levels were. However, since I was listening to the pool store then I dump a bag of "shock" in, and then a few pucks. In May I got my TF-100 and when I tested FC it was at 27! CYA was at 70! I went BBB at that point and haven't looked back. Didn't need anything but bleach all season and I've been crystal clear.
I still want the pool store to close the pool this year. We had a very rough winter here last year and the cover and pillow were put on very well and I would feel better if they came to do that. However, I don't know if I want them dumping any chemicals in the pool. Currently my CYA is at 55, it finally came down with all of the spash out and rain (took forever). I'm wondering if I should have them just break down equip and cover pool but not add any "winterizing chemicals." However, I'd love to open as clean next year. So finally after all of that background, my questions...
What do you add for winterizing? Increase FC? etc.
Does you pool open clear in the spring?