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    New in town. Winterize or not?

    Hey, everyone. New to pool ownership. Had use of a new 15X36 fiberglass pool for about two months last summer. Other than the obvious energy and chemical savings, is winterizing necessary? Thank you.
    Barry, Central GA
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    Re: New in town. Winterize or not?

    Welcome to TFP.

    It really depends on where you're located and the probability of the power failing during freezing weather.
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    Re: New in town. Winterize or not?

    Sorry for the lack of info. 15x36 IG fiberglass 15,400 gallon pool. Sand filter and 1HP pump. Located in central GA (Warner Robins). Temps this week are down in the teens at night getting up to the 40s and 50s during the day. I run my pump (on a timer) to circulate water during the "freezing" hours.
    Barry, Central GA
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    Re: New in town. Winterize or not?

    It looks like it is extremely rare for the temperature to stay below freezing for 24 hours in your location. (I love this site: http://weatherspark.com/history/31946/2 ... ted-States). You can get high winds coupled with some of those dips to freezing, though. It looks like there is extremely low risk of damage to the pool based on the freezing intervals that you experience.

    Running the pump removes any risk as long as the electricity doesn't fail. (This isn't necessary for you to do in most freezing spells since it just dips to freezing for such short periods, unless high winds from the north accompany the freezing interval.)
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    Re: New in town. Winterize or not?

    You should be golden. Good idea to tarp the filter/pump/pipes going into ground as well. I also hang a 100 watt drop cord light under that tarp .
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    Re: New in town. Winterize or not?

    Thanks all for the info. BTW, the temp is dipping to 13 tonight and 18 tomorrow night.
    Barry, Central GA
    15X36 IG 14,200 gal fiberglass pool. Hayward Sand Filter with 1 HP Hayward SUPER PUMP. Pentaire "Kreepy Krawly Robotic Cleaner

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    Re: New in town. Winterize or not?

    I live in SW Georgia and I do not winterize. I run my pool 6 hours a day in the winter unless a freeze is expected, then I run it all night. Chemical cost are less than $15 per month in the winter months and electrical is under $50. I choose not to winterize because our pool is apart of the landscape of our back yard and a cover would take away from the looks.
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    Re: New in town. Winterize or not?

    Quote Originally Posted by woodyp
    You should be golden. Good idea to tarp the filter/pump/pipes going into ground as well. I also hang a 100 watt drop cord light under that tarp .
    Yup, that's what we did last evening. A nice old quilted moving blanket covered by a plastic sheet, with an automotive hang light in there glowing all night long. It was a tad eerie looking to the neighbors I'm sure! Pump running 24/7 at the moment but once it warms up a bit we'll back that down to just run some during the night.
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