Long time no see. Hope you recovered from the winter (sigh..)
When I closed the pool at the end of last season I drained about 2 feet of water but now I discovered that the water level is reaching the winter safety cover because of all the snow and rain we’ve had. I started pumping out water immediately. When I closed the pool last season I set up at the bottom two pumps with garden hoses hooked up and now the extra draining is a piece of cake. At the end of the season before that I hadn’t done it and I opened a green pool because the leaves and the organic debris on top of the winter cover got in touch with the pool water. The water temp in the end of May was warm enough for an algae bloom. Yuck! This extra work could have been prevented.
It’s now about seven weeks before next season opening and as the weather gets warmer I’ll keep an eye on the water level and make sure it doesn’t reach the cover.
I’ve seen pools in my neck of the woods with plenty of water and leaves on the cover. One owner wasn’t concerned because they open in early April when the water is still cold. Others have had green algae in the past when they open. I call this pre -season pumping a stitch in time which saves nine.