Orlando, Fla.—Now that we just had a taste of those freezing conditions across Central Florida, many were wondering what type of maintenance should be provided to our backyard pools. Freezing can create costly damages to your swimming pool or spa.
On previous publications we have listed a few other measures that you should take when drastic weather changes occur, specifically dealing with hard freeze conditions. Given the fact that pools are so popular in Florida, this story is focused in protecting your pool investment.
Pools make any home look beautiful, and families create great memories around them, from birthdays to barbecues, they also involve an important investment to the property, and for that reason we must take the necessary steps to protect an addition that in turn affects the investment and value on your home.
If you have an above ground pool with the pool filter system and plumbing above ground, pipes and pumps can freeze up in less than an hour below 32 degrees. The same is true for inground pool equipment that is not running when temperatures are below freezing. As long as water is moving through all pipes and all equipment, nothing will freeze.
Areas with frequent hard freezes must follow more thorough procedures to protect inground swimming pools, but in milder climates like ours in Florida you must at least:
- Keep your pump running as you normally would to keep the pool water from freezing.
- Continue regular maintenance procedures, since water chemistry and safety is as important in winter as it is during the summer.
- Spas should be enjoyed throughout the winter months. Closing your spa is not recommended unless it will not be used for at least three months (i.e. in a vacation home).
- Know that Above Ground Pools are particularly susceptible to winter damage and require extra care and attention.
Above ground pools are subject to ice expansion that pushes out against its walls and may start to buckle in response to the pressure and weight of ice. If you have one of these, you must make sure to keep the water at the recommended level. It should never be drained completely. Also consider to:
- Lower the water level to below the skimmer opening and plug returns in the pool. Install the skimmer faceplate cover.
- Clear and insulate pipes and equipment of water.
- Remove and store your pump.
- Store your pump, hoses, and other in-line equipment that can be removed.
You must always consult a pool professional for weather-related pool care information for your type of pool and weather conditions.
To protect your home with homeowners insurance, talk to our local experienced agents at Orlando Insurance Center and let them know what your needs and priorities are. You will be presented with options from multiple insurance companies, and be able to compare rates as well as coverage to then determine your path to provide the best protection for you and your family. Give us a call today at (407) 680-1214— for an initial consultation and quotes from a myriad of insurance carriers who support us!
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