Thats what I would have thought. The extra cost and hassle of closing and opening wasnt adding up to me. Plus the benefit of using water features, etc year round.Riles_J said:I live in one those areas that some people close, some people don't. I am in Nashville, TN and we get freezing temps, but they don't usually last long. I am new to pools, but I think I am going to try keeping it open year round. The "down" side is the extra electricity to run the pump and maybe the increased risk of breaking some pipes if you are not dillegent about running the pump during freezing periods. The "up" side is you don't have to spend the time draining, shocking, algecide, covering, draining the cover, removing the cover, cleaning the cover, filling, reconnecting, etc. For me I think leaving it open will be much easier in the long run. Plus I get to look a nice blue water all winter instead of a swampy covered pool.
I left it open this past winter and it worked great.
Where at in PA Mark?MarkC said:I close by lowering the water level a few inches below the tiles. Add polyquat, blow out the lines, plug the skimmers and returns. Drain the filter and remove the pump and filter plugs and put the cover on. Always open around mothers day here in PA. Never open to a green pool, just a little dust that gets in under the cover edges over the winter.
Maybe last year WE should have said "sorry about the ignorance about our closing, 'cause we are total newbies and do not know!!" But now we know...........we do not actually "close"! What the hey? There are many degrees of closing. Good luck!TheOne said:Is it because your water freezes solid during the winter? Sorry about the ignorance but I dont know anyone that does that here in the Southern U.S.