Hello everyone! I did some reading on this site (in the forum, FAQ sections, etc.) and didn't seem to find a solution to my situation. We have an above-ground pool that we plan on closing for Fall and Winter. The pool is at a house that we won't be visiting often during the colder months (maybe once a month), and it is located in Virginia where we'll get some freezing temperatures once in a while during the winter.
I just ran a slew of new 2" and 1.5" PVC for the jets and already dealt with several leaks and we are wanting to avoid the pipes freezing over the winter and causing anymore leaks that we've already fixed in the PVC. Our plan was to plug the jets, drain the plumbing, and throw a winter cover over the pool until Spring. We have the pool pillows to go under the cover, and water bags to weigh the cover down in place, so I think we are good to go there.
My question is since the pump/filter won't be running for quite a few months, what is a recommended way to chemically treat the pool in order for it to hold over for such a long time? I understand that there probably be a bit of cleaning up to do and we'll have to start all over again with balancing the water in the Spring, but we really prefer to not have to drain the pool, especially since we don't have a way to cover it to protect the liner without having water in the pool. It's a rectangular pool with a deck built around it, so without it being filled with water and the air pillows in place any cover will just collect with water and fall in. Any suggestions on this would be greatly appreciated!!