Despite the possibility for year-round use, there are times when your Central Florida pool won’t be used for a period. This could be an extended absence (snowbirding), long vacation, health complications that prevent use, and more.
During these times, it’s important to properly close your pool. While some specifics vary by seasons, there are a few standard practices that should be followed to ensure consistent operation and function. Here’s how to prepare your pool for closing:
Add and Monitor Chemicals
If the pool will be unused for all or most of the winter months, it’s a good idea to add algaecide or algaestat. On the last full day of use, add to the water and run the pump continuously for at least 24 hours. This ensures thorough circulation. Then, you can shut down the circulation system.
Enzyme chemicals help break down organic material. In addition to leaves and twigs, lizards and small animals may find your unused pool an attractive hiding spot. You’ll also need to add chlorine. Take care of the amount of chlorine added, however, to avoid bleaching the filter.
If you have hesitations about the proper chemical levels, our qualified and knowledgeable experts can help you find the proper balance, and offer valuable tips and advice.
Inspect Pool Parts and Equipment
Always perform proper inspection of the moving parts of the pool, as well as the interior and surrounding area. Repair or replace any necessary items to prevent future complications.
When the pool will be out of use during the winter months, you’ll also need to drain water from the pump, filter, and heater (if applicable). This prevents frozen pipes.
It’s also a good idea to inspect surrounding trees and foliage and make necessary adjustments such as trimming or removal. Collected debris in the pool can cause significant damage when left untouched.
In addition, make sure to remember the pool cover. Ideally, a pool cover should always be used when the pool will be out of use for an extended period. This reduces the amount of dirt, debris, and rainwater that can collect. Doing so also prevents potential damage caused by downed trees, storm refuse, and more.
Don’t Leave the Pool Unattended
Living in Florida is a dream come true for most. The climate is ideal nearly year-round. However, there are times when severe weather such as hurricanes, tornadoes, and thunderstorms threaten the safety and security of life and property.
Don’t risk damage to your pool. We know all about Florida weather, and the steps necessary to protect pools and equipment before and after inclement conditions.
It’s also important to remember that pools that have been closed for several months must go through a specific process to ensure they’re ready for future enjoyment. We can get your pool in shape (including cleaning and maintenance), so when you return from your absence, you’ll be able to get right back to enjoying the water.
When you’re in the market for a new pool or maintenance on an existing one, our qualified and knowledgeable professionals can provide you with the most up-to-date and innovative products and services available. Contact us today to get started.