Last night's snow here in Northeast Ohio was the kick in the pants I needed to get my self-built vinyl liner pool winterized. We turned the heat off mid September and the automatic cover has been closed since then. Last night the temps just barely made it to freezing, so I haven't sustained any damage, but I need finish up this week.
Here's what I'm dealing with. I'm using the autocover as the winter cover. The installer said that's ok, as long as I keep the water pumped off as much as possible and don't try to open it until ALL the ice has melted in the spring. However, I can't remember what he said what the winter water level needs to be for proper support of the cover. I tried to call him, but he hasn't gotten back to me yet. Plus, I'd like to get input from those on this board.
As far as the rest of the procedures, I guess that depends on the water level. If the water needs to be above the bottom of the skimmers, I was going to use plastic jugs weighted down with bricks in the skimmers. I figured I would blow out the lines (returns and skimmers) through the drain on the pumb and plug them at the pool, plus shut the valves. I guess my only option with the main drain would be to blow it out and close the valve.
I'd appreciate any advice, especially regarding the automatic cover.
BTW - here's my chemistry today: