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Did you know that there are over 500,000 inground pools in Texas? Pools are popular in Central Texas due to our high heat especially during the summer. Indeed, pools are a surefire way to ensure that your summer is spent cooling off and relaxing by the water as the temperature tries to restrict you to the inside AC. And when we say “high heat” consider these average summer monthly high temperatures for cities in Central Texas:

 

Killeen

Temple

Waco

June

91°

90°

91°

July

94°

95°

95°

August

95°

96°

96°

 

However, (for Texas homeowners without a heated pool) it’s also in the back of every pool owner’s mind that pool season will eventually come to an end and the preparations should be made to properly close the pool. You want to ensure that you store pool equipment and parts correctly so that next year’s pool season opening goes headache free.

Pool supplies are mostly resilient, but there are times where they are stored improperly leading to a delay of opening and a hefty expense for a replacement for the most intricate equipment. Don’t get stuck scrambling to get everything together before the next heatwave by learning to prevent any mishaps that could happen while you store your pool supplies for the off-season.

Pool Equipment Storage Tips

Different Pool Equipment Storage Tips

 
Pool Hose

  • Drain residual water
  • Read manufacturer’s manual on proper cleaning methods
  • Take apart hose
  • Keep it straight when storing so no kinks appear

 

Pool Vacuum

  • Disconnect from the power supply
  • Drain all of the water out of it and let it dry
  • Reinsert filter bags or cartridges after cleaning them
  • Roll up the power cord neatly to avoid kinks
  • Store it upside down away from the elements
  • Store it where it stays cool and doesn’t get too hot

 

Pool Floats and Toys

  • Clean thoroughly to avoid mold and mildew
  • Use a bleach-water solution in a large pool of water to let them soak
  • Use a sponge for the harder to clean items
  • Store in a dry area away from the elements
  • Smaller toys should be held in a plastic container

 

Pool Filter Cartridges

  • Allow the filter to drain fully
  • Wipe away old lubricant from the filter near the o-ring
  • Remove the paper cartridge and rinse each pleat
  • Disconnect from system hoses
  • Spray inside the filter to clean away any debris
  • Let soak in a filter cleaner solution for the amount of time directed
  • Rinse and let dry
  • Store all parts in a climate-controlled area away from environmental factors

 

Pool Chemicals

  • Understand that pool chemical storage needs to follow certain regulations
  • Store in an area with noncorrosive material such as plastic or foam
  • Store in dry areas away from the elements and away from gasoline or propane
  • Chlorine and acid must never be stored side-by-side
  • Should be stored in an area where it will not freeze

 

Pool Solar Covers

  • Spray and brush off as much debris as you can
  • Lay it out in the sun on in a clean section of yard or driveway
  • Use a few drops of dish detergent and clean off remaining debris
  • Rinse off the cover and repeat with others side
  • Hang to dry
  • Fold fan style and store it in a climate-controlled dry area

 

Fortunately, if you do need to repair or replenish pool equipment, there are several outstanding stores in Central Texas. We encourage you to support local businesses in our great community.

Pool Supply Stores in Central Texas

 

  • Smith Supply Co.
    Phone: (254) 773-3592
    Address: 5202 Midway Dr, Temple, TX 76502

Amy’s Attic Self Storage

 
Amy’s Attic Self Storage is more than equipped to provide a safe environment for your off-season pool equipment and supplies. With temperature-controlled units and an insurance program, we are ready to answer any of your storage questions. If you are interested in leasing a storage unit or have any questions, please contact us at 855-426-9728.

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