How to maintain your swimming pool over winter

How to maintain your swimming pool over winter

It is important to maintain your swimming pool over the winter season when you will not be using it.  The first step is to keep everything clean.  All of the equipment should be cleaned regularly and kept in top condition.  You can remove any debris that collects in the corners or on the grout.  This will help to prevent the build-up of algae.  You also want to prevent bacteria from multiplying over the winter and this is easy when you keep the filter clean and backwash it as well as removing any debris from the collector basket and the pumps.

Be sure to empty out the skimmer basket where any debris in the pool will collect.  You also need to skim the pool with a net to remove debris that lands on top of the water.  The filter should be run constantly over the winter to circulate the water and ensure that it is filtered and does not become stagnant.

You should ensure that all of the main components of the pool are working properly.  The pipes, motors and filters should all be operating correctly and serviced if they need it.  If electrical repairs are needed they should be completed by a licensed electrician.  Your pool should also have a shock dosing where you add a high dose of chlorine into the water to clean it.  This process is the best way to stop the build-up of chemicals in the pool water that can be highly irritating.

Your water needs to be tested on a regular basis to check the range of the chemicals including pH, chlorine and alkaline levels and make certain that they fall into normal ranges.  The water balance needs to be tested at least once every couple of weeks with a testing kit.  The level of the chlorine in the pool needs to be between 1.0 and 3.0 mg per litre with the alkalinity between 60 and 200 mg per litre and the pH level of the water between 7.0 and 7.8.  Testing kits can give you the numbers that you need and help you to be fully aware of what is needed to bring the water to the appropriate chemical levels.

Finally, keep your pool covered to prevent the build-up of leaves, debris and dirt in the water.  The more maintenance that you do over the winter to keep the chemicals in the water up to the levels that they should be at will help to reduce the amount of work that you need to do when you are ready to open your pool up for the summer season.   Preventative maintenance keeps the water at the level it should be maintained at for chemicals.  When maintenance is done properly you won’t have to spend a lot of money on adding all new chemicals into the pool water in the summer before the pool can be opened and enjoyed once again.  One should follow the pool opening procedures before the pool is ready for people to swim in.

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Authored by: Pete Anderson

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