I live in Cyprus (Europe) where the temperature never gets below about 7deg.C (45deg.F). My pool is now too cold to swim in, so I guess it's time to close it.
I've read most of the other posts regarding closing, but they all seem to either suggest draining the pipes to avoid freezing (not a problem here) or leaving the pool 'open' if you live in a warm climate. I want to cover it for the winter to keep dust and debris out and not to have to sweep/vacuum it regularly. It's an in-ground 45,000 litre (12,000 US Gal) vinyl-lined chlorine pool (I've got a SWG but haven't got round to fitting it yet ). So I'm intending to 'semi-close' it...but it's my first year as a pool owner and I don't really know what I should do, eg:
• What chlorine / pH levels should I aim for? How often will I have to check the levels or is it safe to assume I can just forget about checking until spring?
• Can I leave the pump switched off for the whole winter or should I run it for a few hours every week to keep everything moving? I guess running the pump will disturb the cover; I've only got a cheapy one that sits on the top and is held in place by water pillow-things.
• What water level should I aim for? Or just keep it at a normal level?
.....or I could just put my wet-suit on and keep on swimming!!!