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Is it Better to Close Your Pool in the Winter or Leave it Open?

By Team Royal - Updated On: 09/02/23

To close or not to close your pool…that is the question for many pool owners each year. With pros and cons for each, there is not a clear cut answer as to which is best. Rather, pool owners should become familiar with the advantages and disadvantages to each method in order to decide which is right for them.

What to Consider When Closing Your Pool:

  • The main purpose in closing your pool is to protect it from damage due to freezing and cold temperatures. If done so properly, you can eliminate the risk of your plumbing lines freezing and bursting when your pool is closed.
  • Although there will be the initial work involved in closing the pool, you can enjoy a few months without constant pool maintenance.
  • You will save money on chemicals and other pool supplies while your pool is closed for the winter. You will also save money on water and electricity.
  • Once your pool is covered, you run the risk of algae growth and you will need to be conscious of this when your pool is opened in the spring.
  • Pool covers are oftentimes unsightly and you lose the beauty of a sparkling pool in your backyard.
  • You will need to invest in a proper pool cover.

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What to Consider When Leaving Your Pool Open:

  • You can enjoy the beauty of your pool year round, even when there is snow on the ground! You can also enjoy the peaceful sound of running water during the winter months.
  • You can swim in your pool if it is heated!
  • You will not need to invest in expensive pool covers or winterization materials.
  • You run the risk of your plumbing lines and pipes freezing and bursting. If this happens it can be a costly problem to fix.
  • You will need to continue your pool maintenance throughout the winter, including cleaning, balancing the water, checking the filter, etc.
  • You will spend more money on chemicals, as you will be using them year-round. You will also incur more water and electric expenses as use utilize the electricity year round.

While both methods boast their advantages, they each come with a few disadvantages as well. As a pool owner, you will want to consider your own personal needs in order to choose which method is appropriate for you. Regardless of which method you choose, you should be sure and follow the proper procedures for caring for your pool in the winter.  

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