One of the many benefits of living in Florida is the perfect weather for year-round pool use. Despite a handful of cooler days, enjoying time in and by the pool can be a regular affair. This is especially true if your pool is heated and/or enclosed.
There are many benefits of keeping your pool open during the winter months. You’ll save money on winterization costs, pool covers, seasonal equipment, and winter supplies. You’ll also avoid the extra work involved in re-opening the pool down the line.
Still, there are specific maintenance tips and tools to remember during the winter months. This ensures your pool is in tip-top shape all year long. Use this advice to maintain your pool this winter:
Keep Up with Cleaning and Maintenance
Regardless of how often you’ll be using the pool, it’s always a good idea to stick to your regular maintenance schedule. Though subtle, Florida does have seasons. That means there are more falling leaves this time of year. Leaves and debris can easily clog your pool’s filtration system. If left untouched, that can lead to costly repairs.
In addition, make sure to keep your filter clean and continue to vacuum, even if the pool won’t be used as often.
Periodically inspect the pool and surrounding area to ensure there are no cracks or other damages.
Monitor Water Levels and the Weather
In the winter months, there’s less rainfall and humidity but more wind. The combined effect is a drop in water levels as much as two inches a week! That’s why continued water level monitoring is essential.
In addition, you should continue testing the water's chemistry balance accordingly. As the temperature drops, you won’t need to add as much chlorine.
Though rare, Florida does see frost during the winter months. It’s a good idea to monitor weather reports, and perform necessary maintenance in the event of a freeze or drastic drop in temperature. Cold weather can wreak havoc on pipes and working parts of your pool, which could lead to costly repairs.
Close the Pool Properly
There are times when you’ll decide that it’s better to just close the pool for the season. In this case, proper preparation is key.
The day before you close the pool, add mid-winter algaecide/algaestat to the water and run the pump continuously for 24 hours. This ensures proper circulation and prevents algae buildup.
It’s always a good idea to check the pipes and motorized parts of your pool. This is especially important when you won’t be using the pool for an extended amount of time.
Speak with your qualified pool professional for more pool closing tips, should you decide to go this route. They can help you determine the specific steps to take for your pool type.
Protecting your pool takes time and effort. There are many things to remember and attend to. Our qualified staff is on hand to answer any questions you may have, including maintenance, purchasing a new pool, and more. Contact us today for more information!