We just had an above-ground pool installed (money just became available and we wanted pool, decking, etc. finished and ready to go in spring). I have searched online for guidelines for closing a new pool that contains new water, but can't find anything that addresses our seemingly unique situation.
Everything I read says to make sure that the pH, Total Alkalinity, and Calcium Hardness levels are all balanced when winterizing. But I assume that advice is directed toward those whose pools have been used all summer. Our dealer advised us to fill it, add algaecide, and put the cover on it until spring. He made no mention of the pH, Alkalinity, or Calcium Harness levels.
In order to avoid starting the clock on the pump warranty, he advised us to keep it sealed in the box until spring and then have it installed in the spring. Would the pump have needed to run if we had attempted to adjust the chemical levels? Not really wanting to remove the cover and add chemicals if I don't really have to, and REALLY don't want to have them come back and install the filtration system if not absolutely necessary.
Thanks in advance for any help.