Treating pool in between last swim and closing

IIIpgCIii

New member
May 27, 2021
4
NY
Pool Size
8500
Surface
Vinyl
Chlorine
Liquid Chlorine
How do you handle the chemicals in between the last swim and when you close the pool? I am waiting until the water is below 60, but we are probably done for the year. I don’t want to throw a bunch of money in the pool, but I also don’t want it to turn green.
 

an1vrsy

Bronze Supporter
Jul 10, 2018
364
Las Vegas, NV
Surface
Plaster
Chlorine
Salt Water Generator
SWG Type
Pentair Intellichlor IC-60
I live in Las Vegas, we don’t close our pools. But you still have to chlorinate/sanitize the water until you close your pool so it doesn’t turn green. I read here somewhere, “a pool is like a pet, you may not play with it everyday but you still have to feed it.”
 
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V___25

Gold Supporter
May 30, 2020
186
Central PA
Pool Size
24000
Surface
Vinyl
Chlorine
Liquid Chlorine
We won't close for another month but we don't have much pool time left either. Admittedly I've gotten lazy with my testing and it's like every 3 days and I'm only testing FC and CC but I do still add 20 oz of LC each day to keep FC at or above 4. For some reason, I have a ton of bugs in the pool now, the beetles, wooly caterpillars and spiders are out of control so I skim several times a day in addition to the filter.

If you have leaves falling, make sure your getting those out so they don't become muck later. But yeah, you do still need to some daily maintenance on it.
 
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markayash

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Mar 21, 2016
3,449
Atlanta Ga
I am in Atlanta so in another month I spend 2 or 3 months getting out leaf's. Once the bottom is clean pretty much leave it alone and it stays perfect. I didn't do it last year but I do like to get a floater and added 3 or 4 tablets to help keep PH down and CL up. My old floater finally broke and I couldn't find tablets without buying a bucket
 

deerocks

Active member
Jun 7, 2021
35
Hudson, NY
Pool Size
13500
Surface
Vinyl
Chlorine
Salt Water Generator
SWG Type
CircuPool SJ-20
I am also in upstate NY and getting ready to close. I still don't understand how to close the above ground salt water pool (I'm a new owner). I bring it to SLAM according to trouble free pools, which would be like 20ppp. Members seem to like the polyquat 60 to prevent algee. But if you wait till water is 60 degrees if that really needed. Anyone use a "Winter Ball" to close?
 

markayash

Gold Supporter
Mar 21, 2016
3,449
Atlanta Ga
Lets see what the newyork folks recommend. In Atlanta I just shut mine down and drain the pad but your weather gets a lot colder :)
A gallon of 10% liquid will last me 4 or 5 months if the water is 55 or below.