Yes Kathleen you can do it both ways no problem, but you won't get stagnant water if like I said it is swilled every month. Regarding tremors, yes the pool is more stable if full, but if it was a near one which was strong nothing will stop the pool from cracking in which case I would prefer it empty.Kathleen wrote:Not being here full time I take the opposite view to Scooby.
I have tried both options over the years. Initially I had my tiled pool drained and fitted a UK manufactured purpose made cover which is now kept folded and stored in my apothiki. Over the winter the pool filled with a foot or so of rain water which turned stagnant and was not helped by the ingress of a rat which obviously drowned. Leaves and foliage still got into it under the cover. When it came to draining off, ready for re filling, the pool was a mass of mosquito larvae and made for very unpleasant cleaning. In addition, being in an earthquake zone I was told by a professional dealer that an unfilled pool, despite reinforcement, is far more unstable and more liable to sustain damage in the event of a tremor.
The pool is now left filled and uncovered. It requires minimum time on the pump, I tend to leave it running about four hours a day. I give it a good dose of shock when I leave and my pool guy cleans and sees to it as usual twice a week. It rarely needs more than half a chlorine tablet a week and as long as the Ph is kept stable I have no trouble with lime scale.
I find the cost of power and chemicals and is minimal, the main expense being the pool guy, however, I do have peace of mind knowing that he is at the property regularly to keep an eye on things in case of other problems arising.
I put a bit of chlorine concentrate in now and then if a bit of water is in the pool after raining this keeps it clear and keeps scum mark off the side.chrissyg wrote:Mmmm yes i thought there might be both opinions. I thought the minimum pump time was 8 hours a day and surely the cost of the pool guy £15 a go, and all that electric over 6 months must be more than the annual refill. I was also advised that you leave it about half full and add some fungicide or pesticide or something to stop it going too manky. Our pool guy said he services both ways and it was really up to the customer but he did moan about all the leaves he had to clear out each time because as i say we live in the forest, and was quite relieved when we said we might change to emptying.
chrissyg wrote:Mmmm yes i thought there might be both opinions. I thought the minimum pump time was 8 hours a day.....
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