How should I remove debris from the pool?
Use a “pool rake” or other nets / skimming devices such as hose powered leaf baggers to remove small debris. Do not use your regular pool vacuum equipment and your pool pumps as they are likely to clog the plumbing. Watch out that you do not damage pool walls or bottom when removing any large objects.
What about the electrical equipment?
Be sure that everything is dry before dealing with electrical start-up. Check your circuit breakers to be sure they are off before attempting to reconnect electrical equipment such as pump motors. Inspect the wiring (especially ground wires) for proper connections. Be sure that you are following manufacturers’ instructions when reactivating equipment. If electric motors have been exposed to water, they should be checked by a competent professional.
Should I add chemicals again after the storm?
The experts say it will probably be necessary to “shock” (super chlorinate) the pool water again. The heavy fresh water accumulation from rainfall may need to be counteracted. Test your pool first.
What about monitoring the system?
It is advisable to closely monitor the operating systems through their complete cycles. Be sure clocks, timers, etc. have been properly reset. Balance the water chemistry and continue to check it carefully. If the pool appears to be leaking, you may have clogged a hydrostatic relief valve. Have a licensed CPC professional check it.
What about draining the pool after the storm?
Just as before the storm, if the water table is high, damage may occur. If you must drain your pool to clean it, be sure to seek professional advice.
Winterizing in Florida
Since it rarely freezes in Florida, you can cover the pool and reduce the filtration time per day and the amount of chemicals added. Pools today have many options to automate in cold weather conditions; ask a licensed CPC pool professional.
- Reduce run time to four hours if not heating.
- Reduce chemical consumption by turning down chlorinator/generator.
- Run the pump/solar overnight during a freeze warning.
- Cover pool to reduce heat loss and evaporation at night.
If there is risk of freezing, there are several steps to take. Contact a licensed CPC pool professional.
- Balance the pool water and then shock the pool
- Remove skimmer baskets, wall fittings, and ladders
- Drain all pumping, filtering, heating and chlorinating equipment
- Blow out the lines and plug at the pool and then add swimming pool anti-freeze to the line
- Cover the pool