I'm in Charlotte - this is my first year with this pool. I'm unclear what is normally done in this area to close a pool. I've seen people recommend a full blown closing (pun intended) and people recommend just running the pump when the temp is below freezing.
We don't get hard freezes below ground - we do get temps that drop into teens on occasion and have seen single digits one or twice I think - never ever below zero that I know of.
Fall is going to be a bear with this pool also - so I would like to put the safety cover on and keep pumping and adding bleach as needed until the water is cold enough to close. Then I would like to do a minimal closing if that is rational. I'd like to simply lower the water, plug the return and skimmer, and pull drain plugs on the pump and filter. I don't think it is necessary to blow out the lines etc but I'm not sure. I'm also not sure how I'm going to get to my returns after cover is on.
Thoughts and advice welcome.