Pining for a Pool

You've wanted one for as long as you can remember. So have your wife and kids.

Now, after all those years of pining away for one of your own, you finally bought a pool. You didn't think it was possible, but buying that $500 above-ground five-foot-deep Intex pool was more exciting than the day you said, "I do," to your $1,200 Traeger smoker from Costco. What a rush, right?

ICYMI: Pool Duty Sucks

But if you're being honest with yourself, that feeling faded after the fifth or sixth time you vacuumed it, or maybe even after the first time you had to shock it. Above-ground or in-ground, chlorinated or salt water, pools are work—hard work.

Sort of like kids, you thought you knew how much work went into keeping them alive until you grew a few of your own. Ha!

Who knew having a pool would be like having an extra kid to tend to, or really, answer to, all summer? We didn't. Our friends who roped us into the idea didn't. And now that school's back in session and summer is all but over, we can't wait for a nine-month break from pool duty.

There's just one little issue we have to deal with: covering that b&+@h.

Is Covering Your Pool All That Necessary in Idaho?

In short, yeah, pal. During your hustle to prep your property for Idaho's cold months, one of the worst things you can do is not winterize your pool. Unless, of course, you don't think you'll mind dealing with a cesspool of algae, bacteria, and whatever animal met the Maker between Labor Day and Spring Break.

But don't just take our word for it. Scroll on for a list of reasons on why you shouldn't let your pool go commando during Gem State winters!

5 Reasons You Should Definitely Cover Your Pool During Idaho Winters

To cover your pool or not cover your pool? Come summer's end, it's the question that's plagued pool owners for decades. Should you drain it? Should you leave it full? Is it worth it to spend money on a good pool cover?

Decide for yourself after you check out our five pro-pool cover points below!

Gallery Credit: Ryan Antoinette Valenzuela

Boise Pools Adjust To End of Summer

Some pools are closed, others are limiting their hours. Here's a look!

Gallery Credit: Credit: Mateo, 103.5 KISS FM

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