This spring will be my first opening this pool using BBB. I don't know what my FC level might be right now, because the pool's been frozen since mid-December.
I'm assuming that my chlorine level will be pretty low, and if I let it get too warm out, I'll have a green mess. I'd rather not deal with that, but DW would rather not spend the money to run the pump either.
Although I'd love to open it early, just to look at it, does it make sense to:
1. Fill it back up
2. Add chlorine to a normal level or maybe a bit on the high side
3. Run the pump until the chlorine is well distributed
4. Turn the pump back off
5. Leave it covered (winter cover) until I'm ready to actually use it.
6. Optionally, since the pump is on a timer, run it a couple of hours a day just to keep it stirred up, even though that isn't long enough to turn it over.
I should be able to do all of the above without removing the winter cover. If I do this after the end of March, I shouldn't have to worry about freezing. Does anyone foresee any problems with this? Has anyone else ever tried it?
(Last year I was forced to open it quite early, due to a leak and having the liner fall in. It was beautiful then, but I wound up running the pump and the heater for about 45 days before anyone would get in the water. $$$$)
Of course, all of this assumes that I'll be able to resist opening it up anyway.