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Thread: Gunite pool and spa winter closing question

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    Gunite pool and spa winter closing question

    Location is northern Virginia ... Lingering question is whether I need to or should fully drain the large spa that shares plumbing with the pool ... It is proud of pool by about two feet of water level and is about three feet down into the ground. All gunite and stone.

    Do I need to fully drain the spa? I have done so for about five years and it seems like it is both unnecessary and potentially damaging to the plaster ...

    Would appreciate some ideas re best course of action.

    Thanks!

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    Re: Gunite pool and spa winter closing question

    I don't know what your winter weather is like in northern Virginia, but if you have snow and ice then I would drain the spa, see this thread for a similar discussion and information about plaster, the message to be conveyed was that providing the plaster is protected from the elements by a good cover then it will be fine

    closing-this-weekend-for-the-first-time-t53834.html

    Regards
    Stuart
    Stuart Murray
    Scotland UK
    UK NPPOC

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    Re: Gunite pool and spa winter closing question

    Thanks, Stuart ...didn't know if the plaster would get too dry without water on it ...how far below tile for the pool itself? I've been doing around 2" or so ...have full tarp cover with waterbags and a pump on top .... Thanks!

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    Re: Gunite pool and spa winter closing question

    same again, from everything I've read, providing the tile & plaster is protected you shouldn't have a problem. I would say it is dependant on your weather situation during the winter how far you need to drop the pool water level, if 2" has been working for you the last 5 autumns, then I guess stick with that!

    Regards
    Stuart
    Stuart Murray
    Scotland UK
    UK NPPOC

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