Preparing Your Florida Pool for Winter
Mild winters are one of the perks of life in Florida. Even though we don’t have to deal with freezing temperatures, the weather does get too cool for a dip in the pool. It is smart to winterize your pool and follow a few pool maintenance best practices during the winter months. Maintaining the health of your pool throughout the winter will make opening your pool in the spring much easier.
1. Balance and treat the pool water.
Fluctuating temperatures during the winter can make algae flourish. You can keep your pool water clear of algae by continuing to treat and balance the water. It is a good idea to make sure that the pool chemicals are balanced at the beginning of the winter and test the water at least once a week, adding chemicals as needed. The only difference in how you treat the water during the winter is that you can decrease the amount of chlorine you use since no one will be getting into the pool.
2. Store all accessories and toys outside of the pool.
To prevent your pool accessories and toys from collecting mold or mildew, store them in a safe, dry place during the winter.
3. Clean the pool regularly.
Falling leaves, curious frogs, unfortunate bugs and other debris can still get into your pool during the winter. This is why we recommend continuing your pool cleaning routine throughout these chilly months: cleaning out the skimmers, running a pool vacuum to pick up leaves and debris, etc.
4. Keep the water circulating.
Running the pump for 4-5 hours a day will prevent the water from becoming stagnate which reduces the risk of algae.
5. Keep a watchful eye on the water level.
You might remember learning how the sun’s rays make water evaporate in middle school. During Florida’s rainy seasons, you may not notice the amount of water that evaporates from the pool because it is usually replaced by rain. You can tell that the water is evaporating in the winter since it rains less during this time of year. If the water level dips too low, it can cause damage to your pool. You can protect your pool by keeping an eye on your pool’s water level and adding two or three inches of water back in when you notice it is close to dropping below the skimmers.
Tip: Have a water heater installed.
Want to have your pool open all year instead of winterizing it? Have a water heater installed! With a water heater to warm up your pool, you can swim at anytime and keep your pool open year-round. Solar powered water heaters, that won’t add to your energy bill, are available.
If you want to learn more about pool maintenance or inquire about pool water heaters, give us a call! Our team of pool professionals will he happy to give you more information and help you.
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