Can I Leave My Pool Open This Winter?
As October draws to a close, and the weather gets colder, a majority of pool owners have already closed their swimming pools. But, we have quite a few who like to look out into their backyard and still see an open pool.
We often hear, “Can I leave my pool open this winter?”The answer to this question is usually, “Yes, you can leave it open, but there are things you need to do to take care of it.” Let’s look at those now.
Consider These Things When Leaving Your Pool Open
First, it can be costly to leave your pool open all year long, so this is a consideration.
Second, you want to make sure your pool heater or pool pump are designed to work when it’s cold outside. Some don’t work properly when the temperatures dip below 50º.
The good news is that there are some that work great even into 20º temps.
Next, you need to leave your heater on all the time so your pipes don’t freeze. If there were to happen, it would be very costly. You also want a backup power source in case of a power outage, because that heater needs to stay one.
You also want to make sure the materials used in your pool construction can handle the variable temperatures between the cold air and the warm pool. You don’t want any cracking.
Another thing to consider is your pool deck. You want to be able to shovel it when it snows if you’re trying to use the pool.
It can be wonderful to swim in the winter with your pool heater on. And, as a bonus, you don’t have to officially open your pool in the spring because it already is.
You do need to be well-versed in how to manage your pool in the winter to avoid any problems and extensive damage. You also need to continue to maintain it through the winter just as you would if you closed it.
We love the aesthetic value that an open-all-year-long-pool provides, but you do need to take precautions. Stop by and talk to us if you have further questions and do all your research before making the decision to leave your pool open.