With the cooler-than-normal winter weather we've had this year in the Lakeland real estate area, pool owners may be wondering if they really need to run the pool pump as much as in the heat of a Florida summer. Wouldn't it be just as good to put a floater of chlorine tablets in the pool and allow the pool pump to be off while the weather remains cool? Here are a few thoughts on winter pool maintenance, Florida style:
Purpose of Your Pool's Pump
Paul Roth, a member of the Florida Swimming Pool Association, an industry trade group, explains that the purpose of the pool pump is to circulate the pool water through the skimmer and main drain(s), through the filter and back into the pool. The pool filtration system depends on the pump being in operation.
Pool owners in the Lakeland real estate market must realize that although pool water may be clear and look clean to the naked eye, it may in fact not have the proper chemical balance. Even though the floater of chlorine tablets is moving randomly around the pool, in actuality pool chemicals need the water circulation created by the pump to properly circulate them throughout the pool so that they can do their work on bacteria.
Interior Pool Damage
Roth further contends that concentrated chlorine tablets that are not properly circulated throughout the pool can damage the pool's interior as well by pitting plaster or gunite pool surfaces. Pitting or etching is also more likely to occur in pools whose chemical balances are not kept at an optimum level throughout the year. This can be a very costly problem to fix, usually requiring replastering of the pool's interior surfaces. It's also helpful to the pump itself to run since this heats up the motor and evaporates the humidity and water that can harm the motor.
So while enjoying life in the subtropical climate of central Florida, there is certain maintenance on the area amenities that needs to be continued even when the weather cools down a bit. Taking care of your pool properly year-round will go a long way to keeping it in good working order.
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