The winter months in Central Florida are unpredictable, one day we are wearing tank tops and shorts, and there are some days when we need to layer up and go about our day.
When the temperature is not suitable for swimming, we have compiled an easy to-do list for pool and spa care in the winter months.
Before you start your regime, add a phosphate remover or large dosage of chlorine to stop algae growth.
- Clean poolside, skimmer and remove debris from the water’s surface. Remove all toys, ladders and ropes.
- Maintain the water level in the middle of the skimmer line tile.
- Evaluate pool for any cracks and leaks. Winter temperatures make them worse and should be addressed immediately.
- Check Pool pH levels: should be between 7.2 and 7.6. Add pH reducer or increaser accordingly. Wait one hour to retest.
- On below freezing overnight temperatures operate pool equipment including filter, chlorinator, heater and all pool tubing accessories. This prevents expensive repairs to pipes that might burst during winter months.
- Run your pool pump for a few hours daily to ensure its functionality.
- Inspect your solid or mesh pool cover for tears, gaps or damage. If you notice any damage, we suggest you replace before you cover your pool.
- Perform weekly checks on the pool to safeguard pool equipment and monitor algae growth.
- Remember to check pool tubing, as they are very delicate.
- Continue to operate the pool normally; which is the low maintenance and most popular option. But you still need to chemically treat and remove debris from pool water.
Pools have become the focal point of many backyards, and our beautiful Central Florida weather allows us to still enjoy fairly warm weather during those winter months. But you ever decide to rest your pool for those few months remember to read each step carefully.