I live it Northern TX in a rural area and this is our first year, first pool. I am going to start out this winter not covering the pool and running the pump when it freezes (after reading every possible post in this forum on winterizing). If we actually get winter, then I may drain the pump and filter, but still do not plan to cover the pool at this point. I figure if I change my mind, I can always order a cover. I have learned so far with BBB that less is more.
Our winter weather can be just about anything. We can have ice storms, blasting winds, temps in the 20s. Or we can have 90 degrees, hot, sunny with high winds. Or we can have both in the same week- the one constant is change.
My question concerns the polyquat:
If I am going to run the pump a little each day this winter and at night for freezes, do I need to add polyquat?
If I do winterize the pump, I plan to add the polyquat first, since there will not be any circulation in the pool. But what makes polyquat go away, as I assume it does eventually? Does it break down in the sun like chlorine? When we get warm sunny weather, will the polyquat break down, and if it does, how do I know when to add more and how much to add?