Though snow and ice are rarely seen in Florida, our state still experiences the occasional cold spell. While it may not be necessary to drain your pool, it’s important to be prepared. Read more to learn how to get your pool ready for winter in Florida.
Leaves, twigs, and insects are still around in the winter in Florida. Keep up a regular cleaning schedule that includes vacuuming and emptying debris traps. It’s important to keep the pool clean, even if you’re using it less often. A clean pool is less likely to develop algae or problems with the filtration system.
Check Chemicals and Run the Pump
Algae can still develop in Florida in the winter. Test your pool’s chemical balance and run the pump for four to six hours per day to circulate water and chemical to discourage algae formation. With cooler weather and fewer people using the pool, it’s okay to reduce the chlorine level slightly.
Watch the Water Level
Winter is dryer in Florida, and your pool water will continue to evaporate. Keep an eye on the water level and refill as necessary to keep the level up to where it should be.
Inspect Your Pool Screen Enclosure
Homeowners who have a pool screen enclosure will have less cleaning to do than those that don’t. Nevertheless, give the enclosure a thorough examination for wear and tear after the busy summer pool season. Check for loose fasteners or rust, as well as rips in the screen panels. Inspect the doors to ensure they’re closing and locking correctly, for security. Get these repaired to prevent further damage to the enclosure. Replace damaged screen panels to ensure the enclosure keeps leaves and debris out like it should. Clean out the structural gutters, which can get clogged with leaves and twigs as winter approaches.
Those that don’t have an enclosure can use a safety cover to ensure no one falls in or becomes trapped in the pool when it’s not in use. A mesh cover will catch debris and allow rainwater to drain through, so puddling rainwater won’t collect and attract insects or wildlife. When spring comes, think about adding an enclosure to reduce the need to constantly clean and skim for leaves and debris.
Consider a Pool Heater
Although freezing weather is very rare in central Florida, the days are cooler, and the nights can be chilly in winter. As you prepare your Florida pool for winter, consider adding a pool heater. These can extend the swim season, making the water welcomingly warm during cooler weather.
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