How to Winterize Your Pool in Florida

How to Winterize Your Pool in FloridaWhen you live in the Sunbelts, you must take some different steps to winterize your pool than you would take if you lived in the Snowbelt. While you may want to enjoy swimming throughout the year, you still must take the correct maintenance steps, nevertheless. None of this is difficult. In fact, there are only a few things that you must do.

Routine Cleaning

Whether you’re using your pool or not, it must be thoroughly cleaned so that algae don’t build up inside of it because when it does, you’ll have even more work and you’ll also spend even more money later on. Make sure you have a leaf skimmer available for use so that you can remove any leaves and debris from the surface then use your vacuum to clean the floor.

Chemical Balancing

Chemicals must be maintained throughout the winter in the same way as they’re maintained throughout the summer. At minimum you want to take care of these chemicals on a weekly basis and once again prior to closing things down for the season. Typically, you’ll want the calcium hardness to be around 200 PPM and your alkaline levels to be between 80 – 120 PPM. If you’re not closing things down, there’s no reason for you to lower the water or drain your pipes since the weather in Florida rarely drops below freezing throughout the winter months.

Run Your Pump

When you decide to completely close things down, make sure you run your pump for a minimum of 6 hours each day so that debris is skimmed out and the water is circulated. If the temperature should ever happen to reach freezing or below, make sure you don’t turn your pump off because turning it off at these times could result in damage to your plumbing. Additional circulation will also help you when and if you need to add any chlorine. Remember, if you use a floating chlorinator and don’t have your pump running you can damage the surface area due to improper circulation.

Remove any Accessories

Taking any toys out of the water and detaching any ladders and handrails is important if you plan to use a cover. You also want to remove anything that might collect rainwater (e.g. inflatable loungers, floats). These don’t just get in your cover’s way, but they’re also breeding grounds for bugs and mosquitoes.

Use a Cover

Even if you don’t plan on performing any winterizing steps, covering your pool will reduce the amount of cleaning, filtering, and chemicals necessary until next summer. Make sure you choose a cover that doesn’t have any large gaps or holes in it because debris will use these to enter the water. The best covering is one that’s made from mesh because it’ll protect the water from dirt, debris, and leaves while also protect a person from drowning if they were to accidentally step onto the covered surface. These covers don’t require a pump either since rainwater can seep through.

Conclusion

Winterizing your pool only takes a few minutes of your time. Of course, you can also choose to leave all this in the capable hands of the professionals at Pool Screens R Us. If you choose to do this, make sure you get in touch with them right away so things aren’t left lingering for a while.