I know it is early to be asking this question but I want to research and get opinions now so I will be ready come fall. I grew up in the Tampa Bay area and no one I knew closed their pools, although most were screened in. Now we live farther north in FL and it's an AGP, not screened.
We have a lot of pine and oak trees that drop stuff in the pool so we have always done a modified closing. Now that we have a reliable SWG, I was thinking about not closing this winter, and I think I about have hubby willing to consider it. Another reason I am considering this is that our new Matrix pool has a lot of warnings about using a winter cover with it. I'm interested in hearing what other folks do and what are the pros and cons of not closing.
Our past modified closing routine has always been:
- Wait until water temp is below 70.[/*:m:2dabz43k]
- Clean, brush, remove ladder, etc.[/*:m:2dabz43k]
- Top off chlorine to shock level and dump in some Poly-60 algaecide.[/*:m:2dabz43k]
- Put on winter cover and leaf net.[/*:m:2dabz43k]
- Stop running pump/filter except on nights when freezing temps are forecast. We would not put it back on timer again until we removed the winter cover in spring.[/*:m:2dabz43k]
So with the SWG, I am thinking would could keep it open, run the pump ~2 hours a night, and maybe just use the leaf net and not the winter cover. Once the majority of leaves are off the oaks, we could probably get by with just the PoolSkim.
Thoughts? Am I just bedazzled by the idea of an easy spring opening? Wrestling that winter cover in the spring was always a nightmare.