my question is for closing a pool and leaving the water level at its normal place the (middle of my skimmer) or even above the skimmer and drain it down when i open, and get a skimmer plate to block the water. i would love to know if this is a good method for closing, im in nj and it does freeze. my skimmer seems lower then most when i drop below the skimmer im at 18 inches down, its a lot takes up a lot more of the cover area because of that drop i have to get a bigger cover. then its holds so much rain water. not to mention when i have to reach down in their for some reason its almost scary im gonna fall in. with the water level much higher it would alleviate a lot of these issues. i guess im asking if its practical and safe to close an inground pool without draing it with the skimmer plate in a cold part of the country.