In-ground pool. Ohio (single digit F temps). Aqua Genie skimmer. Auto cover (winter water level needs to be high for support).
Pool was installed last year so the closing was part of the package. Water was tested and adjusted as needed. The guys came out and drained the pump, the sand filter, and the heater, and closed the auto cover.
Next they wedged some foam board pieces into the skimmer (I mean like pieces of home center wall insulation foam), and...THAT WAS IT!!
"Are you kidding me? That's it?"
"We haven't had one burst on us yet."
We'll last years closing was on them and I figured if there was a problem that was on them too.
Flash forward...no problems this season.
So now it's my turn to close and I'm worried. I've read some posts and many are talking about blowing out the lines and adding antifreeze, drain plugs, and skimmer covers.
So, the pool is largely winterized. I back flushed and sanitized the filter. I drained the pump, filter, and blew out the heater. I removed the baskets and the pressure gauge.
Is foam in the skimmer all I need to do? Again, that's all the installer did, and if I paid him to do it that's all they'd do again.
One more note...the water lines to the skimmer are double walled. They are standard PVC, but they fed them through what looked like 3" black corrugated pipe. This they tell me provides the insulation to keep them from freezing.
If it was this simple why isn't everyone doing it this way?