I've been taking care of my pool this Summer thanks to this forum. I am going to have a pool company close the pool for me, though. My pool currently uses a tarp cover with water bags. I had a some questions for maintenance after the pool is closed:
- * I understand the need to keep water off the cover and keep down the accumulation of leaves. I have used a non-automatic little giant for water removal in the past, but it is VERY slow. What are some recommended automatic cover pumps that would work reasonably well on my size of pool? The Rule 1800 looked good, but there are a lot of people on Amazon that seem to have had horrible problems with it...
* The pool company offers a monthly winter maintenance package to clean off water and debris (which I plan to do myself with a pump and a leaf blower) and add chlorine and algaecide "to help maintain the water chemistry". I'd like to take care of any of this myself. Is the addition of chlorine and algaecide a good idea? If so, how should it be done without the pump running? What level of chlorine should I maintain, and how do I determine whether I need to add algaecide?
* Should I shock my pool prior to closing as some of the do it yourself postings suggest, or should I just let the pool company do their work?
Thanks for the help!