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    Winter Maintenance for Warm Climates

    So, I've had my pool for several months now, and in my area it's starting to periodically get into the low to mid 30's. Right now, I keep the pump going about 8 hrs and the vacuum going for an hour. Unfortunately (or fortunately ), I've been so busy with other things that I had to hire a pool guy to do the maintenance, but eventually I'm looking to start doing that myself. So my question is, for people who live where it really doesn't get freezing that often, what kind of maintenance do you do on your pool?

    Thanks for the help, Austin
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    Re: Winter Maintenance for Warm Climates

    The short answer is to do exactly as you do in the Summer.....just less of it. Chlorine gets easier to maintain and my pool required less vacuuming (less tree debris)
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    Re: Winter Maintenance for Warm Climates

    And I would add that you can save money with far, far less run time per day.
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    Re: Winter Maintenance for Warm Climates

    So Patrick, how much run time would you recommend?
    14.5K gallon IG plaster pool, 1K gallon spa, dual 2hp Jandy pumps, 60 sqft DE filter, 400K BTU NG heater. Dual waterfalls, Jandy Aquapure SWG, Polaris cleaner with 3/4 HP pump, Aqualink RS. See my pool here.

    Thanks!, Austin

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    Re: Winter Maintenance for Warm Climates

    Here in Tucson, I cut my pump run times down to no more than 3hrs/day. I can even skip a day. My acid addition drop to maybe 12-16oz every 14days or so. My SWG stops running when the water temp is below 58F so I add bleach but very infrequently. My FC loss rate is 0.1-0.2ppm per day. I only have to manually vacuum when the wind blows stuff into the pool and it's too heavy for the suction cleaner to get it all.


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    Re: Winter Maintenance for Warm Climates

    We often have sunny winter days in the high 60's to low 70's and maybe down to 40 over night sometimes, never freezing. I maintain the pool the same as I do in summer but reduce the pump run time by an hour. A little less vacuuming with presence to scooping some leaves out instead of getting the vacuum out. I probably should vacuum more.
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    Re: Winter Maintenance for Warm Climates

    in phoenix, water temp in the mid to high 50's during the day. I DID have on the auto-freeze protection thingy, but the pump would start priming at 3am and wake me up, so I just left in on at 10% speed from 10p to 5a when there was a real freeze threat.

    But besides the freeze-concerning cold fronts: Running 80% for three hours a day for skimming/in-floor cleaning, and adding some bleach once a week. pH has been holding at 7.7.
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