I've read all about winterizing my above ground splasher but I have a question about 'how crazy' is what I've been thinking about doing this winter.
I've had the pool 4 years and we rarely have HARD freezes here. Occasionally we've gone cold but it's usually just a few nights and doesn't last too long. Having said that, last year we did have about 1 inch of ice on the pool but I had taken all the plumbing/pump and filter down before that so I didn't have any problems.
So, what I'm concerned about this year is having read that I should take the water level down past the SUCTION and RETURN "portholes " as they are about 1 to 1 and 1/2 feet from the top of the pool. How do I stir the water up weekly.
So here's the CRAZY I'm thinking. What if I install a single 3-6ft section of the pool vac hose and weigh it down so that it will pull water from the bottom of the pool only and allow the return to 'cascade' (hopefully!) back into the pool? Too CRAZY?
Is this too crazy a plan to work? Would I have a problem with the pump and filter since both the suction and return llines will be above the water line. I'm thinking there's concern about the vac hose slipping and running the pump dry. Also the possibly sucking air if the connection doesn't seal. However, I never run the pump unless I'm home. I'm mostly thinking "Will it be a problem to keep the pump primed?" since the return will be above water. Wouldn't it kinda be like when I run the FOUNTAIN?
I know I could have just done this but I thought I'd seek some SANE-er minds and your input -- before I drain that top foot of water off the pool. There really hasn't been any problems with leaving the water AT LEVEL in the past and running the pool as usual about once a week. The only problem I had last year was trying to close off the suction and return lines which meant putting practically my whole arms IN THE FREEZING water when I needed to take down the pump during that one HARD FREEZE week. That was awful
Is it too crazy a plan to work? Or crazy enough to just possibly give it a try?