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    Off season maintaince in North CA

    I won't use my pool for swimming from Oct. to May next year. A pool guy told me to treat the pool as normal in the off season, i.e. 3 hrs pump running, add bleach and do weekly maintenance. No other special treatment needed as the local temperature never drops to the freezing point. Just wonder if there is any more economic way to reduce the maintenance time and cost. For example, can I just trow a lot of chlorine into the pool and cover it up, shut down the pump and leave as is to next spring? Thanks.
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    20 year old 12k Gal IG pool with SPA, Concrete white plaster, 1.0HP pump, Cartrige filter

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    Re: Off season maintaince in North CA

    In theory, you could do that but you may cause more time and trouble than you save. Keep the pool open, you will lose very little chlorine and you will enjoy looking at your nice pool.
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    Re: Off season maintaince in North CA

    My chlorine usage from November to March was around 8 gallons if I recall correctly and I only needed to add every 4 to 7 day. At one point I accidently got up to SLAM level and did not have to add for 3 weeks. I was testing every day but that was because the pool was new keeping the pH in line was difficult. This winter I imagine I will only be testing once or twice a week. I was running my pump for 5 hours at 1100 RPM, if you have a single speed pump I would think once the water temp drops to the mid to low 60's you could get away with 2 to 3 hours pump time assuming no leaves to deal with.
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    Re: Off season maintaince in North CA

    Thanks for the comments. I will keep it open.
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    20 year old 12k Gal IG pool with SPA, Concrete white plaster, 1.0HP pump, Cartrige filter

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