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How to Get Your Florida Pool Ready For Winter

How to Get Your Florida Pool Ready For Winter

As temperatures begin to drop, it’s time for Floridians to start preparing their swimming pools for the winter months.

In northern states, it is a common practice to “winterize” swimming pools to avoid damage from freezing temperatures. While it isn’t necessary to completely close down your pool this winter, South Florida pool owners should still take precautionary steps to keep their pools as healthy as possible.

This month, the pool experts at H&H Custom Pools tell you how you can care for your Florida pool during the “off-season” months.

1. Clean Your Pool Regularly

Don’t neglect your pool this upcoming winter. Maintain a strict weekly cleaning routine, even if you find yourself enjoying your pool less frequently. The “off season” is also the perfect time to give your pool a thorough cleaning. Don’t forget to:

Remove any loose leaves and other debris

  • Brush the sides and bottom of your pool
  • Vacuum your pool
  • Clean pool skimmers
  • Check water circulation and filter
  • Shock your pool when necessary

Taking time to ensure these extra steps will help prevent future algae buildup and preserve the overall aesthetic of your pool.

2. Monitor Your Pool’s Water Level

Check the water level in your pool and add water as needed. Due to a drop in humidity and a decrease in rain, evaporation can cause the water level in your pool will drop an average of 1-2 inches a week.

A low pool water level can lead to expensive problems. When your water level is too low, your pool skimmer takes in too much air, causing potential problems with your pool system. Avoid a possible pump motor burn out by using your pool skimmer to assess your pool’s water level regularly

The correct water level should reach one-third to one-half of the way up the skimmer’s opening.

3. Invest in a Heater for Your Pool 

Chilly weather doesn’t mean you have to abandon your pool completely. Consider extending your swimming season this year by installing a heater to your Florida swimming pool.

At H&H Custom Pools, we offer several types of quality heaters< for your pool. From electric resistance heaters and gas heaters to solar heaters and heat pumps, our team can help you decide which option is right for your lifestyle and budget.

Expert Pool Services in Palm Beach County and Martin County

Your Florida swimming pool requires regular maintenance, not just in the spring and summer months, but throughout every season. At H&H Custom Pools, we have all the necessary experience and equipment to guide you and your pool through the upcoming Florida winter.

Still, have questions? We’re here to help. Contact H&H Custom Pools today!

Martin County:
(772) 545-3066

Palm Beach County:
(561) 744-2656


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  • Contemporary Pools
    January 23, 2018, 2:00 am REPLY

    You can prepare for winter months with screen enclosures. Most Florida pools have enclosures to shield from too much sun and protect from invading reptiles, such as alligators and snakes. Screen enclosures can prolong your swim time in winter, in case the weather gets cold (which rarely happens). They also keep unwanted debris from your pool, which makes maintaining it easy. If you wish to contact a screen enclosure builder in the Southwest Florida area, Contemporary Pools can provide you the services and satisfaction you require. Contact us today for more information! 239-549-2300

  • Sarah Smith
    December 11, 2018, 9:58 pm REPLY

    I really appreciate your advice to brush the sides and bottom of my pool during the winter. Since I haven’t been doing this since moving into my home 17 years ago, my pool is in disrepair. Due to the dated appearance and the small cracks that are appearing around my pool, I think I should contact a pool contractor to renovate it.

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