Hello ... new pool owner here, never closed a pool!
Is the primary reason that pools are not drained completely (or nearly completely, since that might be impossible) in the winter to save water when refilling in the spring? Or are there other reasons?
I ask because I don't have a safety cover and I have a toddler. It seems that if the pool water was drained out, then it would be safer ... or at least as safe as when it's frozen (Nov - March). We plan on having the pool closed about mid-October, when temps drop below 60, and opened in June.
We're saving up for a safety cover of some sort ... would love a Katchakid ... but for now, this seems like a possible short-term solution. We have a vinyl in-ground pool with two floor drains, so it seems that getting it nearly empty might not be impossible. Perhaps if it's drained all the way we could even close it sooner?
Is there something I'm missing, or is this feasible? The cost of refilling the whole pool with water would be worth the extra peace of mind and cost of chemicals in the fall/spring.