Caring for Your Florida Pool in the Summer
Your Florida pool can be a lifesaver! Summers in Florida can be brutal, even if you’ve lived here for a while. This is why you find so many homes with pools across our sunny state! If you are one of those lucky enough to have a pool, then you have hopefully already learned that owning a pool is not just fun and games but takes some real work. This article is going to go over some helpful tips and tricks for caring for your Florida pool in the summer.
Florida Pool Tips
- Make sure the circulation system is functioning. This system includes the skimmer, pump, pump strainer, drains, and filter…basically, everything that keeps your pool running cleanly! Each part of this system is necessary for your pool to stay clean, cool, and functional. You need to ensure that you run your pump once or twice each day for a few hours to make sure you are keeping it in shape.
- Keep the debris clear. You should do this every day/every week. Use your pool skimmer daily to fish out any floating debris from the pool that you can. Run a pool vacuum along the bottom once a week to pick up anything that has sunk down, like dust or dirt. You will also want to clean out your strainer baskets once a week and give the walls a nice brush with a soft-bristled pool brush.
- Check the levels (Part 1). You will want to keep an eye on the water level in your pool. The summer can get pretty hot, so water evaporation can be a problem. If you lose too much water, it could cause the chemical balance to fall out of whack. It could also cause damage to the skimmer if the water gets low enough that air gets pulled into the skimmer. If you notice that the water level always seems off even if you’ve recently filled it again, you may have a leak somewhere in your system. This is somewhat unique to Florida pools.
- Check the levels (Part 2). The other level that you need to maintain is your sanitation chemicals. Whether you have a chlorine pool or a saltwater pool, your need to do a weekly check to make sure that your sanitation system is balanced. If it isn’t, that is something that needs to be addressed quickly.
- Maintain your pool equipment. At the start of each pool season, do a thorough check of all of your pool equipment. Check the pool filtration components, the pool tools, the lining, the safety equipment, etc. Anything that is a part of your Florida pool and its efficient running should be checked each year to make sure it is still fully functional.
- Set the scene. Make sure that you have all of the accoutrements that will make your summertime fun by the pool fun and safe. Keep a stash of test strips, safety equipment, pool floaties, and anything else you may need on hand.
- Follow your manual. If your pool came with any kind of owner’s manual, be sure to read and follow it any time you need to do any maintenance. This will be able to give you more detailed instructions for your pool and its specific components.
Now, these are just some guidelines to follow to care for your Florida pool during the summer. Everyone’s pools will have slightly different maintenance needs, just based on the size and materials used. Learn what normal needs to be for your pool and find out how to maintain that. If you can’t or don’t feel comfortable handling it yourself, then you can always call in a professional. If you can do all of that, you will be able to enjoy your pool all summer long!
We know you are excited to enjoy a clean refreshing and safe pool. We also want to make sure that you take all of the safety steps we’ve mentioned here before doing so! This will help keep your home, your family, and your investment in maintenance happy and safe. Whether you’re new to owning pools or an old pro, remember that each pool is different, and each pool has its own safety and care needs.
Don’t forget to install a Baby Barrier Safety Fence. These are specifically designed for each pool to keep your family, pets and guest safer, even when you are not watching your pool. Check out all the safety fence options and schedule your estimate today!
Now get out there and make a splash!