How to Take Care of Your Custom Pool During the Winter

We live in Central Florida, where, most times, you can still swim in the pool in the middle of “winter”. But I know not all of the lovely readers here on this blog can enjoy that kind of weather year round! So let’s talk about taking care of pools for those who actually get to enjoy “a white Christmas”.

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With a great pool comes great responsibility, and true heroes shine when summer’s end approaches and it’s time to make preparations for upcoming cold months of winter. Once the pool builder has completed their job and given you a fantastic recreation space, you start to see that being a responsible owner includes constant care throughout the whole year, and especially during winter when temperatures can be harmful if the pool is not attended to properly.

Pool protected by a pool cover during winter months

Don’t worry, the experts at SoCal have been very helpful and shared some advice on how to best preserve your custom pool when warm days are over!

Get your systems ready

The time has come to end the swimming season and close the pool off, but before you do that you need to make sure that all the systems inside are completely ready. Water from heater, filter and pipes needs to be drained and the water level should be maintained to around 5 inches below the skimmer. The reason why you need to keep all the motorized parts dry is the danger of water freezing within and causing all sorts of problems. Don’t forget to keep the cover dry as well to avoid any freezing from above.

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Backyard Dreamin’

We literally have a blank canvas for a backyard right now, which is pretty exciting! But also very…confusing. What to do, what to do?

Our house is on a corner lot, so I think we have a bit more space than others around us in the subdivision, and there’s nothing in the backyard at all…but it’s also not fenced in. Making our two biggest outside projects on “The Master House To-Do List” fencing in the back yard and pressure washing/re-painting the house. And once the fence is up, anything goes! So I’ve been doing a little dreaming. Tell me what ya think of my jumbled ideas!

Let me add that we already have a screened-in back patio that we LOVE. We also have a brick patio off the screened-in patio that will turn into more of an entertainment area (fire pit, etc.). That’s why you won’t see those kinds of ideas in this entry!

On Gardening…

I’m not the best gardener, that’s for sure, but I love the “idea” of gardening. (I know, that doesn’t help much, does it?) But I’d really like to try to make a concentrated effort at least once more before I give up completely, ya know?

Herb garden in sunken pots: I would love to use more fresh herbs in my cooking than dried and bottled, but this is lots of work!

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