Hey, y'all. I have a question about winterizing. This is my first winter with a pool. I have about a 35k gallon gunnite pool/spa combo with a separate pump that runs two waterfalls. The pool is free formed and one one side is about a 4 foot wall. Because of this, covering becomes a challenge. The previous owners used water bags and a giant tarp, but it is hideous and makes the backyard look terrible during the winter. It also means you can't use the spa in the winter. I'm in Georgia, so it isn't like we have long deep freezes. The spa could be used nearly year round, so I'm leaning towards leaving my pool open.
I'm having a transfer switch wired in so that I could run the main pump off my generator in case of a power outage during a freeze. The pump for the water feature, I believe, pulls from the main drain. Can I winterize this pump while leaving the rest of the pool open? This way I would only have to run one pump during freezing weather. Both pumps are 2HP pumps, so only running one would also be much easier on my generator should that worst case scenario occur?
Finally, let's say super worst case scenario occurs and I have a power outage during a freeze and have generator problems. Is there anyway I could quickly "winterize" at least to the extent of protecting my equipment and piping?
Thanks so much to you all that keep this forum going. It is a lifesaver for us newbies!