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Thread: Leave pool open in south Texas?

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    Apr 2009
    South Texas

    Leave pool open in south Texas?

    I live near San Antonio. I'm curious how others in this area handle their AGP over winter. I don't think I need to close. But do I need to buy a cover? If so, what kind is best here? Do I just maintain chemicals? Leave it open and just keep solar cover on? Run pump all night when it's super cold? Really no idea the best way to proceed and would much appreciate guidance from others in the area. Thank you!
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    Mod Squad Bama Rambler's Avatar
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    Jun 2009
    SouthWest Alabama

    Re: Leave pool open in south Texas?

    I've left mine open and closed it. I much prefer closing. But there are people who prefer leaving theirs open. If you leave it open, you just run it like you normally would, it'll just use less chlorine.
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    Mod Squad woodyp's Avatar
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    East Texas

    Re: Leave pool open in south Texas?

    I'm on I-20 NE of you and I don't close. My wife would rather look at it all winter!. I just run the pump when it's freezing is the only difference-------and chemical use goes to almost nuthin'.
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    Wylie, Texas

    Re: Leave pool open in south Texas?

    Same with us, though we leave ours running on low until the temps start hitting consistently "very cold." I think below 50 is where the algae finds it hard to grow, but could be mistaken. Anyway, we have a 2-speed pump which costs around $20/mo to run 24/7/365. So we leave our pool open and go sit on the deck and enjoy the view. We're up North a little from you, in Wylie (DFW area).
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