We all love our pool throughout the summer when there’s nothing better than a relaxing afternoon dip to shake off the heat of the day and give out tired muscles a rest. But when Autumn arrives and it’s time to winter-proof your pool, it can feel like a massive chore rather than a relief!
It’s necessary to make sure your pool is in tip-top shape year-round, but what are those jobs that give you excellent results for your precious time? Let’s take a look.
Check your chlorine levels
Chlorine is one of the most fundamental ingredients to a happy pool, and the acidic reaction it has with the water is what keeps nasty growths like algae and larvae from taking over your water. However, you need to maintain the levels religiously, or that same acid can get too intense and eat away at the pool pumps and machinery.
Too much can damage your pool, and too little can lead to murky water, so you need to keep the levels at between two and three parts per million. Remember, you need to reduce this to one to two parts per million if you have a pool blanket.
Want to know more about how to chlorinate your pool properly? Here’s a useful resource!
Run your filter regularly
It’s a common misconception that you can leave pools covered over winter without any work. However, it’s a good idea to run your pool’s filter for two to three hours a day, even if you’re not using it.
This process keeps the mechanisms from getting blocked and circulates the water to stop sediment from forming. You should also make sure you’re cleaning the filter regularly, too, so it doesn’t fill up and block.
Get a shock treatment
Shock treatment can be a great way to blast your pool’s hygiene and get it winter-ready by using a non-chlorine chemical to eliminate other compounds that chlorine doesn’t touch.
This will get rid of all the nasties such as sun lotion, sweat and dead skin so that your pool can start its winter break fresh and clean. Allowing the pool filter to run for several hours is a must to enable the chemicals to spread throughout the pool.
Keep an eye out for salt
Rain isn’t a problem for most of the summer, but autumn and winter showers can wash all kinds of nasty substances into the pool, and even getting rainwater in the mix can ruin the chemical balance.
As a result, it’s a good idea to check for other chemicals like salts and phosphates to make sure it’s not at harmful levels, and re-balance it if you need to. It can be a good idea to get your pool professionally tested once or twice in case your home kits are off.
Looking after your pool can be hard work, so why not make your life easier? Darwin Pools has a range of excellent pool maintenance tools from filters and floaters to blankets and pumps that can take a lot of the hard work off your hands. Get in touch today on (08) 8947-1192.