Don’t forget your pool in winter
Not keeping up with your maintenance can cost you time and money when you need to use it again.
How to treat your pool in Winter?
When winter arrives, your pool usage usually declines.
However, this doesn’t mean you can forget about it… Doing so might leave you with a green pool, a hole in your wallet and a stomach full of regret.
So, how do you get your pool ready for winter?
Step 1. Clean it – a full valet service
- Remove all debris and foliage from the pool walls and surface.
- Clear the poolside skimmer basket and pump basket.
- Backwash and rinse the pool filters.
- If anything is left to sink to the bottom it can stain the surface and be a real pain to remove.
Step 2. Check all equipment
Ensure the pump is working and there is no calcium build-up on the salt chlorinator cells. Try using Hydrochloric Acid in diluted form as recommended to remove any calcification. You can try this cell cleaner.
Throughout the cooler months, you’ll still need the pump, filter, and chlorination to run for the recommended hours per day. For example, for at least 4 hours a day for pools over 40,000 litres and 6 hours for over 40,000 litres. Contact us for our expert advice on servicing and equipment cleaning/maintenance.
If needed, we can service and replace the pool equipment. Visit us in-store or contact us on 09 826 0112.
Step 3. Backwash & Rinse your pool filter
To clean contaminants from the filter, you’ll need to backwash and rinse the pool filter at least 1 x per month or as required. Monitor the filter pressure gauge and flow through the pump basket.
For a basic ‘how to’ guide on backwashing, have a read over one of our previous posts here.
Step 4. Test, adjust and balance the pool water
Everything in your pool becomes more efficient with properly balanced water. You’re primarily defending against algae outbreaks, but the surface and equipment will also last longer.
If you need to shock your pool, use liquid chlorine. There are different sizes available. Remember to add this product as prescribed.
Step 5. Add a Winterising Agent
Although your pool might not contain algae, we recommend the addition of Pooltec. Check with our team first for customised advice regarding the correct amount. Pooltec is free of copper and silver metals and is a 3 in 1 pool water treatment:
- algaecide, water clarifier, and chlorine booster
- kills most algae in 4 to 24 hours
- makes chlorine work 6 times harder
Step 6. We recommend that you cover your pool with a debris net if you have to cover your pool.
If you don’t have a debris net then it’s time to invest. A debris net cover protects your pool from the elements. The net can be partially removed 1 x per month for vacuuming purposes. During the month following high winds or bad weather an air blower can we used to shift foliage off the net for uplifting. Let’s be honest, no one wants to be skimming and vacuuming when it’s cold outside.
Step 7. Continue basic maintenance
Check the water chemistry and filter gauge every two weeks, adjusting where necessary. Your Summer pool “start-up” should be drama free if you follow these guidelines. If you have pool heating available then run your heater once per month for a few hours. A motor car does not like to stand turned off for around 6 months. Neither does a heat pump, gas heater or a solar heating system.
Oasis Pools have convenient Winterising Packs for chlorine and salt pools complete with a bucket and instructions. Contact us for customised advice for your pool or spa.
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