Consider running your swimming pool this winter. David and Jessica leave theirs open because it’s so much prettier all season long!
In this article, we explain how you can leave your pool open and what you need to do to take care of it.
Should I or Shouldn’t I?
Because of the climate we live in, you do have a choice when deciding to winterize your pool or leave it open all winter. You can also decide you want to close it very late and open it very early in the springtime.
If you’re going to use it, you want a pool heater. If you just want to look at it, you don’t need a heater.
Bottom line – it is a personal decision. If you are leaving it open, you do need to maintain it all winter. It won’t take you as much time, but you can’t just forget about it.
The Pros of Leaving Your Pool Open
The biggest benefit of leaving your pool open is that you get to enjoy the view out your windows all winter long. Plus, a pool nestled in a bit of snow is gorgeous.
If you have a heater, and you’re brave, you can even swim.
In addition, you don’t have to open it in the spring, and you can start swimming right away once the weather turns nice.
You’ll also save money on a pool cover and the costs of winterization.
The Cons of Leaving Your Pool Open
You will spend money on electricity to run your pool during the winter. You’ll also have to keep it balanced and clean.
There is a risk of freeze damage if you have a power outage or your equipment fails.
I Want to Leave It Open
If you’ve decided to leave it open all winter or even later than normal, here are a few tips.
- Keep your pool water balanced.
- Make sure water continues to circulate.
- Clean it regularly. This doesn’t take as much work in the winter – after all the leaves have all fallen. But, you do need to clean it of any debris.
- Keep your valves open. This helps keep your water moving.
- Make sure you keep your pumps running. This keeps your water from freezing. You may notice the surface of your pool freeze in extreme cold, but if your pumps are running, most of your water won’t freeze.
- Continue to keep your water balanced.
- Consider installing a freeze sensor to alert you and help keep your water circulating.
- Winterize your water features like fountains and waterfalls.
If you want to leave your pool open this winter, do give us a call or stop by. We can walk you through the exact steps you need to take so you can enjoy your pool all year long just like David and Jessica.
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