After a raucous summer of pool parties, you are starting to feel the cool breeze of winter come. Do you continue your pool parties through the winter, or do you decide to shut things down? If you have chosen to shut things down for the winter, it is time to winterise your pool.
1. Clean your pool To keep your pool clean, scrub its walls and bottom, skim the water for floating debris, and then vacuum. A robotic cleaner is a good investment because it saves you time and money in the long run.
2. Shock your pool Shocking the pool refers to adding chlorine or other chemicals to raise the level of a substance called “free chlorine” that helps destroy algae, bacteria and chloramines. Shock your pool at least once a week while in use and one last time before winterising.
3. Adjust the pH level A pool’s pH level should be balanced, with the ideal range being between 7.2 and 7.6. Balancing the pH in a pool helps ensure that chlorine works appropriately and prevents damage caused by corrosion and scaling.
4. Add algaecide Regular algaecide treatment is essential for keeping your pool clean while it’s in use, but it’s also a good idea to treat the pool with a preventative algaecide before closing the shop for the winter.
5. Control phosphate levels When leaves fall into swimming pools, phosphate levels can rise, creating all sorts of problems. Phosphate nourishes algae and reduces chlorine’s effectiveness at killing bacteria.
6. Clean your filter and salt cell Any grease or oil buildup in your air filter will harden over the winter, making it more difficult to remove in the spring. Your salt cells should be cleaned every 3-4 months. So make sure you clean both of them before shutting down the pool.
7. Secure your pool cover During the off-season, your pool can become a food source for algae and other bugs if you do not keep it covered. 8. Keep a basic maintenance schedule Once your winter prep is complete, follow a basic maintenance schedule weekly to keep your pool in good working order.
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