We are nearing the end of our first of pool owners (existing pool, new home) and things have went well this summer. Now it's time to start planning for closing. We moved in last fall and had a winter cover on the pool which ripped off several times and nearly took the side of the pool with it once. We are in a wide open area in a rural setting with minimal to no windblock so we are thinking about going without a winter cover this year. There are not a lot of trees nearby either so that should be helpful.
So if we want to close without a cover when do we do it? What consistent water temp do we wait for?
Do we drain below the inlet/outlet or just plug them?
What is the procedure for closing in such a manner?
Do I need to continue to add chlorine throughout the winter?