How's your pool looking this winter?

17 Dec 2018

Pool-in-backyard-png-WEB.pngJust because you aren't using your pool during the cooler months doesn’t mean you should neglect it! Keep on top of maintenance throughout the winter months to ensure you can use it as soon as it warms up!
 
'Shock' your pool at least once throughout the winter. This involves adding a high dosage of pool cleaning chemicals to your pool in one sitting to keep any filth in your pool contained. It is best to run a pump after shocking it to make sure the chemicals are spread evenly. 
 
It is best to switch your pool to winter mode and cover it entirely for the winter season. This may involve investing in a pool cover which will keep dirt, leaves and debris out of your pool whilst also reducing energy costs by approximately 80 per cent. In the summer, this pool blanket also assists in retaining heat in the pool which is usually lost overnight, keeping your pool warm.
 
Every so often it's a good idea to check the chlorine and pH levels to ensure it is between the pH of 7.2 and 7.6. This helps to ensure the water is safe to swim in, whilst also aesthetically pleasing to look at! If you leave pool water untreated it can cause bacteria, viruses, algae and other organisms to grow in the water, turning your pool green. These issues can be costly to treat come summer. 
 
If your pool begins to go cloudy, this is a sign your pool pH is incorrect which can affect the skin and eyes of swimmers. To adjust – add acid if the level of pH is too high or sodium carbonate if the level of pH is too low.

Make sure you mix all chemicals in a bucket of water before adding the solution slowly to your pool to ensure you are adding the amount your pool needs. It is always easier to add more solution to your pool rather than attempting to remove it!
 
Throughout the winter season:
  • As the colder weather sets in, it may be tempting to turn your filter off. However, it is important it is run for at least a few hours a week to keep all water circulating and ensure the filter is working at its best. 
  • Be sure to empty the skimmer basket as debris is collected. It is important to empty this basket in order to ensure your pool continues to self-clean efficiently. 
  • Turn pool lights on for at least 30 minutes a week to prevent build-up of moisture within both the light and wiring casings. 
  • Occasionally check the water level is half way up the skimmer box opening. 
  • Check the pressure gauge on the filter is not indicating “backwash” from time-to-time. 

Follow these steps and help ensure your pool is ready for the first warm days of summer!

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