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    Open in Tennessee

    Anybody in Tennessee leave their pool open during the winter?? I've gotten past the majority of leaves falling thanks to 2 pool skims.
    My temperature is presently 56 degrees and I was planning on closing this weekend but my wife enjoys seeing the water versus a green cover. I am thinking that if it isn't harmful to the equipment (outside under eve of house) I may just run all winter instead of closing for approx. 4 mos. depending on how fast spring temps warm up. Any experience/opinions would be helpful as this would be the first time for me running thru the winter in East TN.---THANKS
    21000 Gallons I/G,,Vinyl,, 1.5 H.P. Hayward Pump,, Hayward Sand Filter S244T.. Liquidator.

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    Re: Open in Tennessee

    I leave mine open and running every winter. We have been rather mild over these last several years and the coldest I can remember is about 19 F.

    I turned the pump on to run continuously until freezing conditions stopped and, while I developed about 1/4 - 3/8 skim of ice, the pool performed just fine.

    Not sure how much lower than that you could go ( I would guess maybe 10-15 F. if it was for one night only)
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    Re: Open in Tennessee

    Quote Originally Posted by joel0711
    Anybody in Tennessee leave their pool open during the winter?? I've gotten past the majority of leaves falling thanks to 2 pool skims.
    My temperature is presently 56 degrees and I was planning on closing this weekend but my wife enjoys seeing the water versus a green cover. I am thinking that if it isn't harmful to the equipment (outside under eve of house) I may just run all winter instead of closing for approx. 4 mos. depending on how fast spring temps warm up. Any experience/opinions would be helpful as this would be the first time for me running thru the winter in East TN.---THANKS
    I'm in Clarksville, and we leave ours open all year. I always run my pump 24/7. My neighbor leaves his open too. I just put a leaf net over for a few weeks to catch the leaves. I also put a few chlorine pucks in the skimmer, as well, since the salt generator doesn't produce at colder water temps. Just my preference.
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    Re: Open in Tennessee

    Thanks for the info..... I'm approx. 45 miles west of knoxville in the ridge and valley area at the foot of the cumberland plateau. I may just leave it going thru the winter. Just checked my temp. and it's still at 60 degrees. I need to wait a little longer anyway. I read that some had used a lite bulb and cover over the pump/filter system when the temps go real low... Sounds like a plan!!
    21000 Gallons I/G,,Vinyl,, 1.5 H.P. Hayward Pump,, Hayward Sand Filter S244T.. Liquidator.

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