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!