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    Pool Closing--new pool owner!

    We just bought a home this summer that has an above ground pool. The former owners looked like they just threw the cover on and ran when they closed it last season and we had a lot of trouble opening it this past summer. There were SO many leaves in the pool and gallons and gallons of water (and leaves) on the cover. It was actually like a swamp and we even had several frogs take up residence. Needless to say, I'm terrified of this winter. We live in New Jersey. We have had the pool closed and the cover seems pretty flimsy. I don't know if that is normal, though. Just this weekend we got a large storm and I already went out there with the submersible pump and pumped out as much water as I could. I couldn't really reach the middle of the pool, but already--just several days in--the cover is already loaded with leaves. Water remains in the middle of the pool.

    My questions are: what can I do to make sure the same disaster doesn't happen again? We did not use a pillow and now I'm thinking I should have. Is it too late to go back and do that? Short of cutting down some trees (haha), what other suggestions does anyone have? This really is all so new to us, so please: feel free to speak to me like a child and start at the beginning! I do not want to the same mess we dealt with this past summer. That was nothing short of a nightmare. We really enjoyed the pool over the summer, but this is a heck of a lot of work for the fall.

    Thanks in advance for your help.


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    Re: Pool Closing--new pool owner!

    Welcome to TFP!

    Quote Originally Posted by lwalsh
    We did not use a pillow and now I'm thinking I should have.
    Recommend using the pillow - worth the effort IMHO.

    Backing up a bit, do you know what the temperature of the water was when you closed? You do not want to close the pool until water temperatures drop below 60F to minimize the likelihood of algae.

    As for the leaves, leafy trees are the bane of a pool owner's existence. Short of removing trees, the best thing you can do is use a leaf net over the winter cover until the majority of leaves and autumn debris are done dropping. If the water is too warm to close, I would manually scoop out the leaves until the water drops below 60F. Yeah...this is a pain. But it is the lesser of two evils vs. opening up to a rotting leaf swamp in the spring where you would still have to manually remove much debris in the "leaf soup".

    Here is the full article on Closing (Winterizing) Your Above Ground Pool.
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    Re: Pool Closing--new pool owner!


    In the closing instructions it says Drain water to 6" below lowest return/skimmer opening and hoses/fittings removed

    Our skimmer and return are both under water, and the return is quite a way under, so this would mean emptying the pool to almost halfway...does this sound right?
    3282K gal AG INTEX
    cartridge filter
    1,000 GPH filter
    installed end of 06/2013

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