How to Winterize Your Pool in Florida

As the months are to grow colder in Florida it’s likely that you could be considering closing your pool for the winter. Even though the weather is still quite warm, it may be unsuitable for you to go swimming. Closing your pool from October through early November can be a great way that you can prevent issues with the water chemistry and cut down on some of your chores and costs. Properly winterizing your pool can preserve the balance inside and prevent the chance that algae buildup and stained walls could occur over the winter when cleaning grows more difficult. Here are some of the steps involved with winterizing your pool.

Putting Away All Accessories And Toys

Removing all accessories that you would use inside your pool before winterizing is important. All pool toys, inflatables, ladders, and more can be a great idea for removal. If you can clean these down with rubbing alcohol to remove the mold and algae spores, this can cut down on your clean up when you open the pool again.

Testing The Chemical Levels

Make sure that your pool is optimally balanced and perform a shock on the pool. Neutralizing any bacteria in the pool before you cover it is crucial. You also need to continue testing the pool water once a week throughout the winter so that you can maintain the chlorine levels and prevent the chance that algae could form under the cover.

Clean Debris Out of The Pool

Any debris that is inside the pool will stay in the walls, clog up the drains, and lead to algae breeding. Scrubbing down the pool walls and cleaning the skimmer baskets then keeping it clean before you cover it can ease the closing process.

Cleaning at The Pool Filter

Once upon completion of a complete cycle, clean out the filter, and backwash the filter completely. Continue to run the pump six hours a day to keep filtering and circulating the pool water if you’re not going to drain the pool out slightly.

Cover Your Pool

Cover your pool with a match or permanent cover so that you can prevent a chance that leaves and debris can collect in the pool. Rainwater will be able to pass through with one of these covers. You could also consider using a heavier top that prevents rainwater from collecting, but you will need to use a pump to move the rainwater away from the cover and prevent it from interacting with the pool chemistry.

Contact our staff today if you need assistance with the winterizing process.

This article was written by Shane the owner of The Pool Dudes. The Pool Dudes is a full-service pool cleaning company. Our mission is to provide South Florida with not only the best quality pool cleaning but also top-notch customer service. We understand that your pool is your oasis and is extremely important to your home or business. If you are looking for pool cleaning in Boca Raton FL then contact us today!