Winterizing Your Floridian Pool

While Floridians may not have to worry about the long-term effects of winter like the rest of the country does, it still does get cold enough in this state for pool owners to know how to “winterize” their pool. Here are some of the best tips below, and be thankful you don’t have to worry about snow!

1. Use a pool cover. This step is important, especially if you aren’t going to close your pool entirely for the season, as this could be the only step you take. For starters, covering the pool enables you to have to worry less about cleaning your pool. Make sure your cover fits securely, with no holes or gaps. The point is to not let debris find its way in!

2. Clean the pool. You make sure all debris is clear from your pool (and do this before you cover it!). You want to prevent algae buildup, stains, and clogged pumps. 

3. Balance out the pool’s chemicals. This is particularly important if you are going to close your pool down for the season. At the very least, balance the chemicals at least one week before you plan to close the pool. On average, calcium hardness should be around 200 PPM and alkaline levels between 80 and 120 PPM depending on your pool. 

4. Lower your water, and also drain the pipes. If you’re going to keep your pool open, you may skip this step. If you’re shutting your pool down, it’s typical to lower the pool’s water level to between three to five inches beneath the lowest level of plumbing. To drain the pipes, clear all the water from all filters, heater, pump, and chlorinator. Once you close down the pool, water that is left behind may freeze and damage the pool in these colder temperatures. 

5. Be sure to remove all the pool accessories! Particularly if you are using a pool cover, make sure toys, ladders, handrails, diving boards, etc are removed. 

6. Run the pump! If closing your pool for the winter, run the pump for at least 6 hours a day for water circulation. In the rare case that the temperature drops near or below freezing, keep the pump running throughout the day and night. Failure to run the pump could increase the risk of plumbing damage. 

If this sounds like too much for you to handle on your own – no worries! Blue Ribbon Pools will help assist you in winterizing your pool. Give us a call today! 

End of Season Savings

As 2018 comes to a close, Blue Ribbon Pools would love to give you the opportunity to get more bang for your buck with an “end of season” sale! 

As you may already know, Blue Ribbon Pools’ Port Orange store is a one-stop shop for all things outdoors- for recreation or entertaining in your backyard. Customers can find anything they need to take care of their pool or spa, as well as everything necessary for outdoor kitchens, hardscapes, etc. We have everything you may need for both your pool AND outdoor lifestyle including pools, spas, grills, outdoor kitchen, above-ground pools, pavers, swim safety, children’s swim gear, tons of cute and unique inflatable pool toys and “floaties,” and much more! 

For our end of season sale, happening now through December 24th, you’ll find everything you could need or want for your slice of backyard paradise at great deals. We’re offering 50% off floats – so come grab that inflatable duck, swan, flamingo, or pizza slice that you eyed up all summer. Gallons of chlorine are now buy two get one FREE. You know how vital chlorine is for your pool (it keeps the bacteria away), so you should definitely take advantage of this great deal and stock up.

What’s on your holiday wish list? Could you be pining for a Softub spa? The Softub spa is a durable, lightweight, revolutionary hot tub that meets your needs for true portability and energy efficiency… and it’s on sale! We’re offering FREE SHIPPING ($400 value) as well as $200 off the regular price right now. We sell a few different models, so you’ll have to stop by our shop to check them all out. 

Blue Ribbon Pools has the largest inventory around, and the above are just some examples of our biggest sale of the year – don’t miss out on this great opportunity to stock up on all your backyard essentials as well as getting some holiday shopping done!

Newest Blue Ribbon Pools Promotions

We have some exciting offers happening now! Please let your neighbors, realtors, community managers and commercial friends know. Thank you. We appreciate your business.


Show us your “vacation water” and you could win a free month of pool cleaning service. Simply post a picture of your Blue Ribbon Pools pool on our Facebook page and let us know how you enjoy your “vacation water” in the comments. One lucky “poster” will win each month!! You get more points for sharing this post and posting on your own comment section. You have until December 31st to enter for this month. Good luck!


Refer a new service customer to Blue Ribbon Pools and receive $5 off YOUR bill monthly for up to 12 months.

*The new client needs to stay active in order to receive discount each month*

WHO DOESN’T WANT FREE POOL SERVICE? The more you refer the more you save!


Stop in to the shop and take advantage of our end of season sale! 50% off floats! Gallons of chlorine – buy 2 get one free! Soft Tub – Free shipping ($400 value) plus $200 off regular price for Christmas. AND SO MUCH MORE! Sale ends on Dec 24th!