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    Necessary to drain pool in zone 7, Raleigh NC area?

    Going to attempt leaving my 16'x48" intex ultra frame up this year. I do not own a cover yet...i could use a recommendation on that as well please. i had planned on maybe shutting the inlet/return valves and moving the equipment into the shed, and just leaving most/all of the water in it. I checked the 'sticky' posts and there wasn't much info on winterizing.
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    Re: Necessary to drain pool in zone 7, Raleigh NC area?

    For an intex pool, you can get the intex cover, although I don't know if it will hold up to snow very well. You could also get a standard above ground pool cover for a 16-18' pool which should be a little sturdier. If your pool has not been modified you can cap off the intake and return openings, then disconnect and drain the pump and filter. If you have added a skimmer or hard plumbed the pool then you will need to drain below the skimmer and return, cap off, then drain the pump and filter. You want to make sure not to leave any water in small areas where it can freeze and possibly damage something.
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    Re: Necessary to drain pool in zone 7, Raleigh NC area?

    Since we rarely get more than a couple of inches of snow in this area, and it melts within a day, I wouldn't blow big bucks on a cover, the cheaper ones work just fine.

    Draining all the lines and the filter is a good idea since we can see extended below freezing temps, you don't want a freeze crack in a piece of pool equipment. I empty mine and stick it in the shed, all except the filter, its just too heavy to move around. It just gets drained and the bottom fitting left open. Get a Gizmo for the skimmer and a pump to get the water off the cover.
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    Re: Necessary to drain pool in zone 7, Raleigh NC area?

    For nine years, I have left my pool totally open over the winter. I turn on the pump overnight if temps get below 25 or so but that's it. So far, this has worked well for me. Lot's of leaves to rake out but every thing else seemed more work.
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    Re: Necessary to drain pool in zone 7, Raleigh NC area?

    Quote Originally Posted by duraleigh View Post
    For nine years, I have left my pool totally open over the winter. I turn on the pump overnight if temps get below 25 or so but that's it. So far, this has worked well for me. Lot's of leaves to rake out but every thing else seemed more work.

    Should i even waste the money on a flimsy pool cover? just disconnect the equip. and let it ride?? maybe dump some bleach in or something? Do you make housecalls to come clean leaves out?
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    Necessary to drain pool in zone 7, Raleigh NC area?

    You could use a leaf net to keep the leaves out. 😎
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    Re: Necessary to drain pool in zone 7, Raleigh NC area?

    Quote Originally Posted by duraleigh View Post
    I turn on the pump overnight if temps get below 25 or so but that's it.
    So you don't run the pump unless the temp. drops? What if you were away from home? How does the water quality look in the spring? I am very interested in this approach
    as I am fed up with cover issues.

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    Re: Necessary to drain pool in zone 7, Raleigh NC area?

    No, I am sure Dave runs his pump every day, likely on a timer. But, if the temp is going to drop overnight, he probably manually turns on the pump for overnight to prevent freeze damage.

    I do the same thing for the handful of nights where the temp gets below 30.
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    Re: Necessary to drain pool in zone 7, Raleigh NC area?

    AS jblizzle says, (I run the pump as needed for filtration but insure it is on if a very cold night is coming on. If I'm away, I have a neighbor who can turn the pump on and off.
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    Re: Necessary to drain pool in zone 7, Raleigh NC area?

    So whats wrong with putting the pump and SWG away, draining the water from the sand filter, and just disconnecting from pool and leaving it. and then leaving the pool filled with no cover? I can scoop out leaves a few times or maybe dump some bleach in if i had to...
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    Re: Necessary to drain pool in zone 7, Raleigh NC area?

    Try it. Each pool is different and it may work well for you.
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