At closing time, I drained the pool to the recommended 6" below the return, but never covered the pool. Since the closing, I've had to chop through 1'+ of ice 3 times and siphon off 6" of water as additional precip has brought the level up to the return. My guess is I'll have to do it at least 2 more times.
My question is, had I covered the pool, what am I supposed to do with the ice that forms on top of the cover? Obviously, there's no way to drain it off, and in hindsight, the additional precip would've likely overflowed the cover anyway (and probably destroyed it, or done worse to the side walls), especially if I'd used the tractor inner tube sitting in my garage.
Is it pointless to use a cover in a fairly harsh climate like NH? Next year, should I simply wait for the leaves to drop and drain 18" below the return? If so, the water will likely freeze solid to the pool floor. How bad is this?
This is my first year with a pool and it seems a cover is a very bad idea.
What say you guys?