First, let me thank TFP for saving my pool, my bank account, and my sanity!
I started this season thinking I was going to have to fill in my pool. But, by reading the pool school and following the BBB method, I was able to take a green swamp and turn it into the pool I've always wanted. Once I got the water clear and stabilized, I haven't had to shock my pool at all, and all I ever have to add is bleach and muriatic acid.
THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!
The swimming season isn't quite over here in Phoenix, but will be winding down probably within the next few weeks.
We don't ever "close" the pool. Should I be maintaining the CYA and chlorine at the same level that I keep them for the summer? I keep the CYA at around 65 and FC at 7-10 due to the direct sunlight that hits the pool pretty much all day long during the summer. During the winter the house shades the pool. Does the pump need to run as long? I currently run it 6 hours. Some people have told me that I still need to run the pump at least 6 hours, some people say 2-4 hours, and some say not at all, unless it gets below freezing (which happens very rarely). I'd like the pool to stay clear and blue, even through winter. It just seems to make more sense to me that it's easier to KEEP it clear, than to try to MAKE it clear again next April/May.