This is my first year in our new home and thus the first Fall pool closing season. First the info:
1) 11,000 gallons
2) DE Filter
3) IG Pool
5) 3/4 hp pump unknown flowrate
Now the questions...
I have read continually and been told locally that the wisest thing to do is to leave the pool open as long as possible. So earlier in the Fall i looked at some temperature average data, and concluded that Oct. 30th would be a good time to close since we can still get a lot of warm weather up to and even past that point. So I called the pool company and scheduled a close for Oct. 30th.
Conversely, as I was reminded of this weekend, we can also get winter weather temps in Oct. as well. I had to run my pump almost all weekend because temps were flirting with freezing. Additionally, there will be many more freezing nights and again, like this past weekend...freezing days.
So I keep asking myself what am I doing? Why didn't i close the pool already and quit wasting electricity and the minor amount of Synergy Chlorine that I am still using? On top of that I am worried about the stress and or potential damage to the pool equipment. Is it really worth it to spare a possible 8000 gallons of water? (after lowering below returns.)