Tucking Your Pool In For Winter – Top Tips For A Healthy Pool All Year Round
As the swimming season ends, it is important to do a few jobs to the pool to keep the pool ticking along for the colder months of the year.
End of April – Winter Prep
Clean the pool
Check the time is correct on the timeclock
Change the filtration period to 4 hours. (2 in the morning and 2 in the evening)
Turn the chlorinator down to 20% output
Check equipment and fittings and check for leaks
Turn Solar heating to Winter mode
Put the cover on the pool (A pool cover is the ultimate winter caretaker, keeping leaves and debris out of the pool and preventing evaporation and chemical loss. We recommend you take the cover off occasionally to check the pool and aerate the water.)
NOTE : We recommend using a copper-based algaecide at this time of year. A great winter treatment that can last up to 3 months.
End of May
Remove Blanket and check pool, ensure water levels are always maintained at least ½ way up the skimmer box opening.
Test water (test to ensure reduced chlorinator hours and output are maintaining a suitable chlorine level)
End of June
End of July
End of August
All Year Round : Turn the pool lights on for at least 30 minutes a week to prevent build-up of moisture within the lights and wiring.
Start of September – Summer Prep
Take cover off
Vacuum the pool
Check the pump is working properly and organise a full pool equipment service by a licensed pool and spa technician
Adjust time clock back to 6-8hrs
Add any chemicals necessary, and a copper-based algaecide
The general idea of winter maintenance is to keep the pool running, decently clean, and still keep the pool ticking along. What you don’t want to do is turn everything off, and have a green swamp come September.
A green pool typically costs around $350-500 dollars to clean and about a week’s worth of time. It is much easier to give a little bit of attention periodically i.e water tests, empty baskets and a filter clean around mid-winter.
For more information or to book a “Get Ready for Winter Service’