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The age old question of living in the Myrtle Beach area, do I need to close my pool for the fall and winter seasons?

The days are growing shorter and morning air has taken on a crisper edge, many pool owners in Myrtle Beach and surrounding areas are faced with the perennial question: Is it time to close my pool for the season? The answer, however, is not a one-size-fits-all solution. 

Let’s dive into the considerations that can help you determine whether it’s the right time to bid farewell to your pool for the season, or continue enjoying it through the holidays and cooler months. 

  1. Climate Matters
    One of the most significant factors in deciding whether to close your Myrtle Beach pool this fall is the local climate. The Myrtle Beach area is fortunate to have milder fall and winter temperatures compared to many other regions. This allows pool owners to enjoy our pools well into the autumn months and quite possibly year-round.
  2. Your Pool Type
    The type of swimming pool you have plays another role in this decision. Above-ground pools are typically more susceptible to colder temperatures, which can affect the pool’s components. In-ground pools, on the other hand, are better equipped to handle milder winters. 
  3. Heating Options
    If your swimming pool is equipped with a heater, you have more flexibility to extend your swimming season. Modern pool heaters, such as the Raypak Digital Pool & Spa heater, can maintain comfortable water temperatures even as the air chills, making it possible to use the pool year-round. 
  4. Pool Use
    Consider how often you and your family use the pool during the fall and winter months. If it’s still a popular spot for relaxation and entertainment, it might be worth keeping your swimming pool open. On the other hand, if your pool sees less use during the cooler months, you may decide it’s best to close it for the season. 
  5. Maintenance Commitment
    Extended pool use during the off-season means more maintenance. Leaves, pine needles, debris, and algae can become serious issues if the pool is not used regularly. Be prepared to invest time and effort into maintaining your pool if you choose to keep it open. 
  6. Cost Considerations
    Running a pool throughout the year, even in a milder climate like Myrtle Beach, will impact your utility bills. Consider the cost of heating, running pumps, and any additional maintenance when deciding to keep your pool open. 
  7. Safety Measures
    If you have children or pets visiting, or plan to be away for an extended period of time during the holidays, pool safety should always be a top priority. Closing your pool and installing a MeycoLite Pool Safety Cover is a great way to prevent accidents, and unwanted leaves & debris from getting into your pool. 

Whether you need to close your Myrtle Beach pool this fall depends on a variety of factors. Ultimately, the decision is a personal one. Keep these considerations in mind as you weigh the pros and cons of enjoying your pool during the cooler months. 

When deciding to keep your pool open, ensure you have the right equipment and maintenance plan in place to make the most out of your extended swimming season. 

When deciding to close your pool for the season, be sure to follow proper procedures to protect your pool until the warmer days return. 

As always, when you have any pool related questions, give us a call or stop by our Graves Pools & Spas showroom.