Still confused about the correct and best course of action when leaving my above ground pool in Central Florida for 5 months. We are snowbirds and leave Florida in Early May and return in early October. We installed an 18x33 above ground pool 2 months ago. I have enough experience with pools to know you have to check on them daily so my inclination is to shut off the pump. Of course I know that we will come back to a green pool and will be busy getting chemical levels back to normal for a few days. I've heard that SLAMMING can harm pool equipment due to the high levels of clorine that must be added. Another alternative is to just drain and refill the pool when we come back to Florida. Again there are risks to this too.... liner shrinkage before the pool is refilled regardless of how quick you refill it. What is the best way to go? I'd love to hear from someone from Central Florida or a similar climate who faces this issue and "solved" it.
What about dropping the water level down (half way?) BEFORE we leave?