Step 1: Start pumping water off the cover with a trash pump with 3″ hoses. Step 2, When the cover is clear remove the pump and the waterbags, remove the cover from the pool. Fold the cover and waterbags to get ready for storage. Step 2: Clean the pool, install Handrails, Add Startup Chemicals Put equipment back together (hint: parts are usually stored in the pump basket for winter). Start the heater. Rinse the deck, make sure the pool sparkles and we are all set! The homeowner is now waiting on a water truck to top off the pool, and then they can open the skimmer valve which we have closed at this point.