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    An empty pool for the summer?

    Greetings. I have purchased a house in Baja Mexico and I live there during the winter. During summer, I plan on being in Seattle for 6 months. I have a concrete pool with 1 inch square porcelin or glass tiles. They are grouted. My question is about draining the pool for 6 months. The water table is non existant. Am I looking for trouble by doing this? Is there a anger of the pool cracking? Danger of tiles coming off? Danger of seals in pump drying out? Other considerations? To keep it full will require a pool service of approx $1000.
    Thank you,

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    Feb 2008
    Denton, TX

    Re: An empty pool for the summer?

    Welcome to TFP!

    Plaster really doesn't do too well without water. It can crack and develop problems from UV exposure. I think the tiles would be ok. Not sure about the pump seals.

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    Sebring, Florida

    Re: An empty pool for the summer?

    Am I looking for trouble by doing this?
    Very possibly. While some pools survive being neglected for years, the damage to the plaster in that dry climate could be a problem. Unattended pools always require a major cleanup at the VERY least. I would look for some sort of compromise pool service where perhaps they can do enough to keep it decent.
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    Cedar Hill, TN

    Re: An empty pool for the summer?

    Why cant he "winterize" the pool during the summer?
    It would take some extra time to open, but would cost less than $1000 for a company to keep it open. Or have the company come a week or so early and open?
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