Thanks for everyone's insight on the Pool Closings. This is our 3rd year since our Pool was installed and its time for me to take the initiative in Closing the Pool myself. I have read thru numerous posts over the past few hours and can see the validity of many different methods. However, I am concerned that I might be missing something. Can someone review my plan below?
16 x 32 Inground Vinyl Liner Pool
AquaCal Heat Pump
Loop Loc Safety Cover
live in New England
*wait until outside in the 60's, Run SWG on Boost Mode 24hrs prior to Closing. Check PH. Day of Closing add Algaecide (Polyquat?) and run for 45 minutes
*remove ladders, grease fittings
*On the Return Line from the Heat Pump to Pool, there is only 1 pipe going into the ground and splits underground for the 2 Returns. My thoughts are to drain the pool to a level just below Returns, blow them out from the Pool Side, and add 1 gallon of RV Anti Freeze to each Return line from the Pool Side, then securely cap them. Does this sound feasible?
*blow out skimmer lines, add 1 gallon of Anti Freeze to each Skimmer then Rubber Plug. In addition, I plan to fill each Anti Freeze Bottle up 1/2 with Sand and leave in Skimmer for expansion protection and splash anti freeze in bottom of skimmer
*drain/remove pump (store inside)
*drain cartridge filter, remove gauge, rinse off cartridges, store cartridges in filter (PB did that last 2 years, is that OK), loosen unions
*drain heater, loosen unions, blow out lines. Remove drain plug, coat thread with compound to prevent rust
*disconnect SWG, clean in in Muriatic Acid. I have never cleaned it before, PB last 2 years just gave me whole assembly to store inside with Cell still installed, should I be concerned about introducing a problem if I remove just the Cell? Do I even need to clean it?
*Install Safety Cover (is it even possible by myself?)
*our water table is low. However, I am concerned about the water level freezing near Returns and causing damage. I plan to raise water level to 1 inch above returns. Does this sound appropriate?
As I am a one man show around the house, I am trying to think of any other way to ensure each Return is adequately protected with Anti Freeze. The Safety Cover does allow water to pass thru (water level is always high in Spring), hence I may just monitor water level until a freezing conditions.
Any other thoughts or suggestions are appreciated!!!!