Just because the winter season is upon us doesn’t mean you should forget about your pool. Cooling temps outside offer the perfect opportunity to think about and schedule some preventive pool maintenance so that when summer returns, you’re ready to make a splash!
At Florida Pool and Leak, we consider customer education a big part of our job and work to ensure that you have the most up-to-date information regarding the best pool care possible.
Check out the following three off-season preventive pool maintenance tips…
Tip #1 — Pump it Up!
In order to ensure the cleanliness and quality of your pool water, you’re going to want to run your pool pump in order to circulate the water. Pumps should run daily for a couple of hours. Keeping the water circulating on a regular basis helps stop algae from growing. Overgrowth of algae and other bacteria can attract mosquitoes, which lay eggs and further compromise your pool’s water quality.
While your pump is working to move your water, you should check your filters and filter baskets. As the pump does it job, debris will find its way into the baskets and filters. Left unchecked, this organic matter can build up and decay, which doesn’t do much for your water and can end up choking the inner workings of your filter and filter baskets.
Tip #2 — Enhance Your Pool with Algaecides and Enzymes
Another way to keep algae at bay comes courtesy of algaecide or shock treatments, which stay in the pool water and protect against algae buildup. These products not only prevent algae from growing in the water, but also along the sides of your pool liner and coping.
Enzymes serve a similar purpose when it comes to the organic matter that can accumulate along the water’s surface. Telltale signs of these contaminants can be seen in the spring as a winter waterline ring. But, adding enzymes minimizes, and can even stop, this ring from forming during the off-season months.
Both algaecides and enzymes are a smart investment when it comes to preventive pool maintenance.
Tip #3 — Keep a Lid on It!
By lid, we mean cover.
When your pool isn’t in use, it’s a great idea to keep it covered for safety and hygienic reasons. Well fit pool covers help keep children safe from pool accidents and prevent wildlife from gaining entry into your pool. A pool cover also shields your pool from leaves, branches, and twigs, along with other natural debris, which can pollute your water.
However, keep in mind that these materials will build up on the surface of your cover, weakening its durability over time. That’s why it’s just as important to care for your pool cover as it is your pool and pool water quality. Keep it clean as part of proper preventive pool maintenance.
With the rush of the holiday season, reach out and let our team at Florida Pool and Leak focus on preventive pool maintenance for you. Just a quick call or email is all you need to get started!