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    "closing" pool in the south

    I live in New Orleans, and am finally getting around to closing my pool... It has been several weeks since we could swim, but the cooler temperatures have kept algae from getting too out of control, but the leaves are starting to pile up.

    I am currently running the robo cleaner in cycles to get the leaves out, but I am not sure where to go next. I have read several winterizing guides here, but we do not really get 'winter' and there is very little chance we will get near actual freezing temperatures.

    With that said, do I still need to disconnect everything related to the pump/hose? I have never done that before and would rather not unless it is really required. My plan is to have a company come in the spring to inspect all the equipment properly before I start using it again.

    I ordered a cover today so my plan was to spend the weekend getting the leaves out and shocking the pool until everything is clear and then cleaning/backwashing the pump (basically what the guides say to do).

    Thanks for any help!
    Pool Info: 15,000 gallons, In Ground Pool
    Location: New Orleans

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    linen's Avatar
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    Jul 2010
    Twin Cities, MN

    Re: "closing" pool in the south

    Most people in your climate do not close the pool, they just reduce the pump run time. The cover will also help reduce your chlorine usage, though you will need to pull it back occasionally to add chlorine at a return.
    TFP Expert who uses Pool School and my TF100 test kit along with PoolMath for my: Round 11K gallon AGP with deep end, 20" sand filter, Matrix 1hp 2spd, 6 2ftX20ft solar panels (and solar cover!), Intex SWCG (copper bars disconnected) and a Rubadub hot tub (chlorine). The SLAM process is not finished until: 1. CC < 0.5 ppm, 2. An OCLT < 1.0 ppm and, 3. The water is crystal clear.

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    pwrstrk's Avatar
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    Aug 2012
    Elverson Pa.

    Re: "closing" pool in the south

    First I would take care of the algae with a SLAM. Follow the SLAM process to the T.
    Where you are located I think you can leave everything hooked up. After your done with the SALM process cover the pool up and you should be good. Your FC levels will hold longer with the pool covered and cooler water temps. Maybe run pump for an hour a day and just maintain FC levels for your CYA level.
    If you do get a really cold spell just run the pump for awhile. It would take some very cold temps for an extended period of time for your plumbing to freeze solid.
    24'x54" AG Morada RTR (by wilbar) 13'500 gal. Hayward Powerflo Matrix 1hp 2 speed. Hayward Perflex EC65 DE filter.

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    Apr 2011
    Murrieta, CA

    Re: "closing" pool in the south

    I don't think you get freezing temps too often. Turn your timer down to lower your run time, maybe run it early mornings 3am or so for about 4 hours, to keep the water flowing when it gets really cold.
    Murrieta, CA. 15K (Est) pool/spa. Hayward Tristar SP3220EE 2.70HP pump, Hayward Swimclear Cartridge filter C4025 425sqft (PA106), Pentair Mastertemp 400 heater. TF-100/Speedstir

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    Re: "closing" pool in the south

    Agreeing with others--no need to "close" your pool in New Orleans.

    During the few times temperatures drop to 32 or lower, run your pump as long as the temperature is freezing or below. If your pool has any sort of a timer or automation, it may already have freeze protection that will automatically do this for you. If not, turn it on manually to prevent water from freezing in the the pipes and equipment. Flowing water will not freeze at the temperatures you get.
    Outdoor 14,000 gallon IG plaster pool built in 2000 with spillover spa, 2 hp WhisperFlo pump with MagneTek motor, Sta-Rite cartridge pool filter with 300 ft2 filtration area and 0.33 gpm/ft2 filtration rate, Aquabot Rapids 4WD robotic pool cleaner, Raypak digital gas heater, and Intermatic mechanical timer located in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex

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