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Health problems and up keep costs have led to the decision not to use in ground pool. What do I need to do to keep the pool mosquito free while not having to pay the pool service company and the costs associated with running the pump and filter?

  • You could probably 'winterize' it... – brhans Apr 13 '16 at 21:34
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    I don't have enough experience to post this as an answer, but a bunch of problems come to mind. Empty pools can pop out of the ground or they can crack. If you don't run the pumps they can be damaged. Typical winterizing is performed with de-winterizing in sight so we lube stuff and add antifreeze with the expectation that it will all be undone in a few months. – jqning Apr 13 '16 at 23:22
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Difficult.

You may be able to drain it, but it doesn't take much standing water for mosquitoes to breed so that's an ongoing issue unless you fill it in.

If your don't drain it, you can keep it chlorinated/brominated/ozonated to kill the mosquitoes. That may require running the filter system. If you can keep the pool covered, you can reduce the amount of organic material drifting into the water, which shold make maintaining the chemistry easier. But any standing water on top of the cover risks becoming a skeeter colony again; see above. And you may face Attractive Nuisance legal risks.

You could try turning it into a fishpond, stocking it with enough fish to eat most of the skeeter larvae. Your county extension office, or the equivalent agricultural advisory service in other countries, might be able to tell you whether this would be at all workable. Converting it back into a usable pool might not be easy, though, and the fishpond might still be considered an Attractive Nuisance.

I believe the way most folks solve this is by selling the house to a family who wants the pool and using the proceeds to buy an equivalent or better house, or by selling the land the pool is on (either makes it someone else's problem) or by accepting that it has outlived its usefulness and filling it in.

  • I like the fishpond idea. How much maintenance would that require? Would it need aeration or one of the pumps running? Would a decorative fountain suffice to keep it from turning into a pond of slimy goo? Would you have to feed them? – Mazura Apr 14 '16 at 4:43
  • I'd give +5 for selling the house if I could. Granted, here in New England pools have a relatively short season, but inground pools are more often a drawback than a selling point. – Carl Witthoft Apr 14 '16 at 12:37
  • @carlwitthoft: I grew up with an old-style paint-over-plaster-over-concrete inground pool, so I have a personal fondness for them. But if "boat" is defined as "a hole in the water you pour money into", an in-ground pood is an inside-out boat and thus a hole in the ground you pour money into. If you are certain you won't use it, it's a liability. Of course the other answer would be to resolve to use it; it's great exercise, and if you are willing to either heat it or wear a wetsuit the season can be extended considerably... – keshlam Apr 14 '16 at 13:50

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