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    should I open my pool this early?

    I'm considering opening my pool on Saturday as it is turning green but with two nights in the twenties, I'm worried of the water freezing. Should I open it and treat the water before it gets worse or let it be for another week? if I open it, do I let the pump run overnight when the temp is below freezing?
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    Re: should I open my pool this early?

    where are you located?
    what is the temperature now?

    You are way better off opening a little early, preferably before the water gets above 50.

    If you dont anticipate an extended freeze, in the low 20s for days, then you will be fine.
    And yes, run your pump if the temp is below 32.
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    Re: should I open my pool this early?

    Yes my location would help, I'm in Central NJ. I usually open about three weeks later, but I couldn't cover the pool this winter and the pool is turning green earlier than usual. hence my question.

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    Re: should I open my pool this early?

    ahhh... ok.

    If I were you, I would go ahead and get it up and going and go ahead and SLAM it now, before the water gets much warmer which will make the algae grow faster.
    Just run the pump and you will be fine if it gets below freezing.

    I never close my pool and contrary to popular belief, it does get cold in Texas on occasion. Last year, high/low as 20s/teens for 2 weeks straight.
    Almost as cold this year and none of us TFPers here in Texas had any problem. (we mihgt have been a wee bit nervous though!)
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    Re: should I open my pool this early?

    The odds of a hard freeze are getting fairly slim in NJ, opening is probably alright, though it is tricky to be sure.
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    Re: should I open my pool this early?

    You sure you want to open with a snow storm on it's way?
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    Re: should I open my pool this early?

    By 10am tomorrow temps should be above freezing. Lows expected at about 27 degrees. With pump running, should be fine. What's the current water temp?
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    Re: should I open my pool this early?

    Quote Originally Posted by jrguzmanr View Post
    Yes my location would help, I'm in Central NJ. I usually open about three weeks later, but I couldn't cover the pool this winter and the pool is turning green earlier than usual. hence my question.
    Or wait a day or two until this storm passes.
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    Re: should I open my pool this early?

    I always open early by hooking up the pump and running it to balance the water. But I leave the cover on for another month or so. It helps protect the chlorine from the sun.
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    Re: should I open my pool this early?

    Quote Originally Posted by samt View Post
    I always open early by hooking up the pump and running it to balance the water. But I leave the cover on for another month or so. It helps protect the chlorine from the sun.
    This is exactly what I do, too.
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    Re: should I open my pool this early?

    My pool still has ice on it, I think. Time to peak under the winter cover! I wait until the water temp hits 50, then the cover comes off and I get things started. Usually that gives me time, in case there is something that needs fixing during opening before the water starts having trouble.
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    Re: should I open my pool this early?

    Quote Originally Posted by Divin Dave
    I never close my pool and contrary to popular belief, it does get cold in Texas on occasion. Last year, high/low as 20s/teens for 2 weeks straight.
    Almost as cold this year and none of us TFPers here in Texas had any problem. (we mihgt have been a wee bit nervous though!)
    You got that right on all counts, Dave!

    jrguzmanr: If it is convenient for you to open the pool this weekend, I would do it. If an early spring snow comes along, I wouldn't sweat it. Just make sure the pump is running if temps get below 32F just to be extra safe. We had 5+" of snow a couple of weeks ago here in DFW (yes, really!). It posed no problem for the pool - just made sure the pump was on while temps were below freezing.
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