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Thread: Closing pool in Richmond, Va?

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    May 2013

    Closing pool in Richmond, Va?

    Thinking ahead here...

    I'm wondering if I need to close the pool? Blow out the drains and all that mysterious stuff? We do get below freezing just a handful of nights in Jan/Feb (sometimes as low as the teens), but generally the winter is mild. It's uncommon to be below freezing during the day. In fact, a lot of times in January we get days that get pretty warm - 60's and maybe even 70.

    eta - if it does freeze, only the top inch or so at the most would freeze over. At our old house we had a goldfish barrel (maybe two feet tall by two feet diameter), and the the top 3 inches or so would freeze some nights (not very often), but it never froze all the way through. Also, the pump and all the pipes are located in a shed built into a hill. Our pool is built into a hill and all the plumbing goes down through the hill into the pump house.

    I'm really hoping I don't have to mess with closing a pool, but I will to avoid expensive repairs in the spring.
    10,000 gallon inground, gunite, 500lb sand filter. Brand new to this pool thing.

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    Jun 2013
    SpringHill FL

    Re: Closing pool in Richmond, Va?

    Just a suggestion but look at intermatic website they have a thermoswitch adjustable from 45-32 deg it will turn your pump on and circulate the water to avoid freezing. This maybe an option for you
    15x30 gunite 18k gallons Hayward star clear plus 120sqft cart

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    May 2013
    Northern Virginia

    Re: Closing pool in Richmond, Va?

    I would winterize. Just because we've had a few mild winters doesn't meet we won't get a hard freeze this year. The frost line is 18" for most building codes around here. All your above ground pipes, filter, and pump could potentially freeze and break.
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