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Old 10-06-2017, 12:18 PM
 
Location: Henderson, NV
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Hi everyone!
Moved here last year and just bought a house in the Silverado Ranch area. We never had a pool/spa before so we have been struggling a bit to get it all down pat.

We had a pool guy once a week for the first month just until we figured some things out but stopped that a couple weeks ago.

What do we need to do over the winter. We do plan on heating up the spa once in awhile over the winter. I understand we don't have to cover it like they do back East and don't want to have to buy a dozen different chemicals from Leslie's (although they have been great in guiding us with some things).

Any advice would be very much appreciated!
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Old 10-06-2017, 12:32 PM
 
Location: 89121
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You don't really need to do anything different. You will use less chlorine. But get your chemicals balanced before it gets cold otherwise it's just a pain to do it when it's cold. I think a lot of people decrease pump time but I have a variable speed bump and just leave it alone.
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Old 10-06-2017, 12:51 PM
 
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Yep, you don't really have to do anything. Keep checking your chemicals as you have been doing, and skim the water to keep debris clear. I dial my run time down in the winter, too. You don't need any special chemicals for winter.
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Old 10-06-2017, 01:35 PM
 
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I would cover it. Just to avoid having to do much over the winter. You can leave the spa open or cover it. It simply keeps the garbage out. We leave our pool sweep running though it likely get hung up as we do not open the pool until spring. With the pool covered you can run the pool sweep an hour a day or less.

You don't have to cover it...but it does make life simpler.
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Old 10-06-2017, 02:16 PM
 
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I clean my filter(s), remove my salt cell, drain my solar panels, toss a floater in there with pucks and test twice a week adding acid as needed. That's it.
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Old 10-06-2017, 05:33 PM
 
Location: Summerlin South
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Your pool should have an anti-freezing feature so that when the outdoor temperature falls to freezing the pump turn on to keep the water circulating. If not, you could have pump and filter damage. If you don't have that, just turn on the pump during cold weather.
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Old 10-06-2017, 05:34 PM
 
Location: Summerlin South
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IF you have a solar pool heater, be sure to have it completely drained prior to prevent freezing.
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Old 10-06-2017, 07:48 PM
 
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On the nights it's forecast to get close to freezing, be sure to run your pump. I just change the timer on my pump during the winter to run from midnight to 7 am.
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Old 10-06-2017, 07:59 PM
 
Location: Kissimmee
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I clean my filter(s), remove my salt cell, drain my solar panels, toss a floater in there with pucks and test twice a week adding acid as needed. That's it.

Never use pucks they raise your cya
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Old 10-06-2017, 08:00 PM
 
Location: Henderson, NV
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Thanks everyone! As always, you guys are a wealth of information!
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