Winter brings dropping temperatures, freezing rain/snow, ice, and whatever else Mother Nature can think up during these few cold months. So during Winter, it's not really an ideal time to go for a swim, even in Florida. Most people with pools consider their pool to be out of commission during the cold months, but is it essential to cover your pool during that time?
A tiny percentage of people would argue that no, you don't need to. But that percentage is also only about 1%, while the other 99% do typically have a seasonal cover for their pool during days with dropping temps. For some pool owners, a big cover is an eyesore and isn't something they always want to look at in their yard for months on end. So while it is highly recommended that a cover is used during winter, there are steps to take to winterize your pool for the season and be covered up.
- You absolutely MUST keep your pool clean! This can be a bit of a chore, especially if your pool has trees or high shrubbery around it. If your yard is heavy on the trees, your best bet will be to suck it up and get the cover. It might be visually unappealing, but it will save you a ton of hassle in the long run. But, if it's just two or three trees, continue reading.
- Water must be tested and balanced bi-monthly. Sometimes you can get away with checking it just once a month, but to be safe, it's best to check the water at least twice a month. Using test strips to find the pH, alkalinity, and calcium hardness levels in the pool are incredibly important because your pool is continually collecting new things in the air without the cover. These strips will determine what you need more or less of to keep everything crystal clear.
- Chlorine and algaecide are still just as important when the pool is not in use as it is in the summertime. This coincides with the test strips and making sure levels are correct and adding what's needed when it's needed.
In Florida, we have an advantage on other states that have homeowners with pools as we don't need to worry about snow or the pool itself freezing over. But the same regulations still apply if you want to keep your pool uncovered this winter. Keep your backyard looking like summertime, even in 30-degree weather!