I hope some of you remember me!!
I had a horrible algae issue earlier this summer--but thanks to this forum--I haven't had any problems since with the water chemistry!
I live in North Texas--it does get below freezing here--but not quite as bad as in other places.
So, my questions are:
1. Do you all recommend I close my pool--or can I leave it going year round? Truthfully, I hate the look of a cover, and would prefer to leave it going year round. I am aware that if the temperature drops to 32 or below that I will need to run my filter 24/7. I have a friend with a gunite pool (salt-water) and she leaves her's going year round--and also leaves the pump going 24/7. If the filter does malfunction/stop working--will I have any damage to my pool (I know that's going to be hard to answer--and probably depends on a lot of things).
2. If I can leave it going year round--and the water temperature drops below 60 degrees--do I still have to maintain my free chlorine level--or can I just shock it and leave it alone all winter?
3. I STILL have a leak underneath my sand filter. We never called AHS back--but we plan to within the next 2-3 weeks max!! Do you think the leaking filter will cause a problem in freezing temperatures?
*To be honest--the ONLY thing that is scaring me about NOT closing my pool is the leaking filter.
I can't really afford a cover at this time. I wanted to try and leave my pool going this winter--and then hopefully by next winter I can save up enough money to purchase a loop-lock cover!
Thank you to anyone who can offer advice!