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Getting Chilly: How to Make Sure Your Pool Survives Winter

 

There’s no denying winter is officially upon us! Morning frosts and cold breezes… brrr!

 

Fortunately, we always have the option of curling up inside with a hot chocolate. Our pools are not so lucky. While diving in for a swim may be the last thing on your mind during these colder months, this does not mean you can neglect your pool entirely. Here is a rundown of some things you can do to ensure your pool is ready for you to jump right into when the heat turns back up.



*Note: The best way to winter-proof your pool depends heavily on your location. If you need further guidance after reading this post, please don’t hesitate to contact us for some tailored advice.

 
 

Why Should You Prepare Your Pool for Winter?

 

Chances are you won’t be taking a dip too often in the next few months. This inactivity can leave your pool vulnerable to a build-up of algae or dead leaves and other debris. Frost can also cause strife for your pool. Sure, our Aussie winters might not seem chilly compared to other countries like Canada or Switzerland, but our lowest temperatures can still damage our pools unless we take a few precautions.

 

How to Winterise Your Pool

 

Here are the steps pool owners should typically take.

 
  • Achieve balance: Take a sample of your pool’s water and analyse its pH level. You are looking for a number between 7.4 and 7.6. If your water is outside this range, use the necessary treatment to balance it out.
  • Make it sparkle: Your pool’s floor and walls need a thorough brush as well as a vacuum. Be sure to clear out any debris from your pump’s lint basket and clean out the skimmer baskets too.
  • Give the filter special attention: Failing to clean your filter in winter leads to one of the toughest chores people face in spring… scrubbing hardened grease or oil off the filter. You should do this regularly anyway to ensure your filter is working effectively.
  • Shock it: Utilise regular shock treatments during the cold months. After each treatment, turn on the pump and filter for 3-4 hours so the treatment gets distributed properly.
  • Keep algae at bay: Algae loves winter because it can creep into your pool and grow while your filter and pump are sleeping. Luckily, you can keep algae away with an algaecide.
  • Cover it up: To reduce water loss and protect your pool from stray debris, put a cover over it.
 

How to Winterise Your Pool

 

For pool owners who enjoy rather warm weather even in July and August (Queensland clients, this is probably you!), leaving your pool running is an option. Simply continue your pool maintenance as normal. Even if you won’t be swimming as often as in summer, it is essential you continue cleaning your pool regularly.

There are a couple of other things to keep in mind too:

 
  • Chlorine: Once the water’s temperature is between 10 and 21 degrees Celsius, you will only need to check its chlorine levels once per month. During warmer times of the year, you should be doing this twice a month.
  • pH and total alkalinity: Corrosion is more of a risk when temperatures get lower, so you need to check and balance your pool’s pH levels frequently.
  • Filter: Even when not being used, your pool’s filter should be set to run between 4 and 6 hours each day. It’s a good idea to break this into smaller periods; if you have a timer for your filter, now is the time to use it!
 

Still Unsure?

 

Beau Corp offers complimentary training as part of our maintenance service. This means we can teach you how to maintain your pool. Many of our clients like handling easier tasks themselves but still rely on us to take care of more complex jobs, such as pH balancing.

Please get in touch to chat about how we can help you get the most out of your pool all year round.



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