Become a TFP Supporter Pool Math Forum Rules Pool School
Results 1 to 7 of 7

Thread: Closing in warmer weather

  1. Back To Top    #1

    Join Date
    Jun 2007
    Location
    Charleston, SC
    Posts
    151

    Closing in warmer weather

    Hi Everyone,

    To preface, we live in Charleston, SC, so it doesnt get as cold as some of the other places. It is rare to have more than 4-5 nights a winter that are below 32 degrees.

    We moved into this house in December of last year, and the owner hadnt done anything to close the pool, they dont even have a cover. I just kept the pool marginally free of leaves all winter, and ran the pump when they were forecasting a night that would get below 35 here (which is rare) to keep the water moving to prevent freeze.

    I have a outlet switch that is set to turn the pump on if the temperature drops below 35, so I dont think I have to clear out any lines or use antifreeze. Is there anything I really need to do other than put a cover on it and just wait until spring?
    18' Round ABG (8000 gallon)
    Hayward X-Stream Cartridge Filter
    1.5hp Hayward PowerFlo Matrix Pump
    80 sq. ft. solar panels
    Goldline automated solar controller

  2. Back To Top    #2
    JasonLion's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Location
    Silver Spring, MD
    Posts
    37,887
    Many people in that situation don't even put the cover on. As long as the pump runs when it gets near freezing you will be fine.
    19K gal, vinyl, 1/2 HP WhisperFlo pump, 200 sqft cartridge filter, AutoPilot Digital SWG, Dolphin Dynamic cleaning robot
    Creator of PoolMath and Pool Calculator. Other handy links: Support this site, TF Test Kits, Pool School

  3. Back To Top    #3
    Riles_J's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Location
    Nashville, TN
    Posts
    218
    I would quess that most people do not close their pool in that type of climate. I live in Nashville, TN and our winters are a little harsher that you're describing and many folks around here leave their pool open over the winter. Since you have a freeze control outlet there isn't much you really need to do. I wouldn't even put a cover on it unless you have a lot of debris you are trying to keep out of the pool. Not having to put the cover on and pull it off, clean it, and store it is one of the main benefits of not winterizing.
    16x32 IG vinyl, 19,000 gal, 1.0 hp pump, sand filter, 2 returns, 1 skimmer, diving board, slide

  4. Back To Top    #4

    Join Date
    Jun 2007
    Location
    Charleston, SC
    Posts
    151
    Cool, i think I will just hook the polaris up if i see a lot of leaves in it, otherwise ill just let it go.

    Thanks for the info!
    18' Round ABG (8000 gallon)
    Hayward X-Stream Cartridge Filter
    1.5hp Hayward PowerFlo Matrix Pump
    80 sq. ft. solar panels
    Goldline automated solar controller

  5. Back To Top    #5

    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Location
    Raleigh, NC
    Posts
    8
    I'm in Raleigh NC - and I decided I want to look at the pool all year too - so not closing it.
    Planned on running the pumps round the clock if we hit below freezing.. but a question.

    Right now I've cut them back to 6 hours a day and planned to go to 4 hours a day in another month or so.. are you guys saying you just shut off completely except for debris cleaning?

    I figured I needed to run them at least 4 hr a day to get some chlorine and movement to keep it from sliming up etc..

  6. Back To Top    #6
    JasonLion's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Location
    Silver Spring, MD
    Posts
    37,887
    As the water gets colder you can reduce the pump run time. In the middle of the winter one hour a day will probably be enough (depending somewhat on the relative sizes of your pump and pool).
    19K gal, vinyl, 1/2 HP WhisperFlo pump, 200 sqft cartridge filter, AutoPilot Digital SWG, Dolphin Dynamic cleaning robot
    Creator of PoolMath and Pool Calculator. Other handy links: Support this site, TF Test Kits, Pool School

  7. Back To Top    #7
    Butterfly's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Location
    South Carolina
    Posts
    10,045
    Hey Woolfmarsh,
    We did not 'close' our pool last year. The only time we ran our pump/filter after the water went below 60 F was to vacuum the pool, once. We did put a heavy blanket and tarp over our semi-wind protected equipment, but that is all we did. Our winter maintenance was scooping some leaves every other day or so. Our pool looked beautiful all winter long. Just another tidbit to add to your decision! Hope this helps.

    Joyce

    p.s Born in Charleston, SC & live in Columbia, SC
    TFP Moderator TF100 Test Kit TF100 TestKit YouTube Channel PoolMath
    You're done SLAMing when:
    1)You lose 1ppm or less FC overnight, & 2)You have .5ppm CC's or less, & 3)your water is clear.

    ~ One should not use a sledge hammer to swat a mosquito. ~

    If you found TFP helpful and we saved you money ... Become a TFP Supporter!

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •