Winter is coming! In Australia, the weather is cooling down and it’s almost time to put the swimsuits away. That must mean it is almost time to start thinking about ‘winterising’ your pool. For our local tropical and sub-tropical friends, here are our top three tips to ‘winterise’ your pool from our Technical Director, Blake.
1. Keep your pool clean! By cleaning your pool at the end of the season, you ensure that it is in good condition and ready for the winter months ahead. Empty both skimmer and pump baskets and do a good backwash. Without bathers stirring up the water, dust can settle so keep up the vacuuming to keep your pool looking its best.
2. Check your tech! Take the time to check your filter and other pool tech and make sure everything is working as it should. Now is the perfect time to start reducing the hours needed for filtration and chlorination. As a rule of thumb, 4 to 6 hours is all you need for the winter months.
3. Be pro-active, not re-active. Don’t wait for your investment to go green from neglect. Just because you and your family are not using your pool, doesn’t mean you can ignore it completely. It’s important to keep up a regular maintenance schedule for your pool so that you can find any issues quickly and have them resolved. It is still recommended to take regular water samples to your local pool professional. It may seem like a bit of work, but it is much more cost effective to properly maintain your pool over the winter months than deal with a green, stagnant mess when you want to get back in. Not to mention any possible damage caused to your equipment.
Bonus Tip: If you can, cover your pool! This will help cut down on some of the maintenance and keep those pesky leaves and branches away from your pool. Make sure you invest in a good quality cover and keep a close eye on chlorine levels as too much chlorine could cause unwanted damage.