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    To cover or not to cover for closing - SC

    New (1.5 months to be exact) to owning a pool for those of you who didn't go through our grass green water with us (thread: clueless newbie) This will be our first winter with the pool.
    We live in SC and have mild winters, our pool is in the open ie; no trees, so very little if any debri falls into the pool. Do we cover or leave it uncovered over the winter?
    24' round above ground - 13,500 gal
    sand filter - TF-100 - 1.5 hp pump
    We live outside of city limits and water costs are doubled

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    Re: To cover or not to cover for closing - SC

    Are you actually going to close the pool (ie- blow out lines and equipment) or are you simply going to maintain it dormant? Covering the pool in either case will decrease your chlorine loss by a significant amount and keep any debris out, even if it's minimal.
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    Re: To cover or not to cover for closing - SC

    Hi Staci, I am just down the road from you in York sc. Last year was my first year with a pool and I did not close it. The nights that the temp dropped below freezing I would run the pump to prevent any pipe issues and would add chlorine once a week. That's was it..

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    Re: To cover or not to cover for closing - SC

    I would suggest not closing a pool in all but the very coldest elevations of South Carolina. Simply leave the pool open as always. You will see SIGNIFICANTLY less chlorine loss. Just keep the debris out and you will be up and running when the temps are warm enough.
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    Re: To cover or not to cover for closing - SC

    [QUOTE=Alwayswantedapool;1143771]Hi Staci, I am just down the road from you in York sc. Last year was my first year with a pool and I did not close it. The nights that the temp dropped below freezing I would run the pump to prevent any pipe issues and would add chlorine once a week. That's was it..

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    Quote Originally Posted by duraleigh View Post
    I would suggest not closing a pool in all but the very coldest elevations of South Carolina. Simply leave the pool open as always. You will see SIGNIFICANTLY less chlorine loss. Just keep the debris out and you will be up and running when the temps are warm enough.
    perfect thanks guys
    24' round above ground - 13,500 gal
    sand filter - TF-100 - 1.5 hp pump
    We live outside of city limits and water costs are doubled

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    Re: To cover or not to cover for closing - SC

    As long as you don't have to worry about kids, yours or those in the neighborhood, getting into the pool, leaving it uncovered will be much better for the chlorine loss as stated above. Since I see that the cost of water is super expensive and a concern for you, keeping it open will also allow for the rain to replace most if not all of any loss from evaporation. Lucky for those of you who are not in the desert like me.

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