Don’t Neglect Your Pool This Winter: Important Instructions!
The biggest mistake you, as a pool owner, can make is to neglect your pool during the winter months. Many tend to not care about their pools when they are not using them and then when the weather heats up they spend hours trying to get their pool back to normal. This winter you must make sure you keep your pool maintained.
The chemicals in your pool should be balanced correctly:
- Make sure that the pH level in your pool is between 7.2 and 7.6.
- Make sure that the alkalinity level in your pool is close to 100 ppm.
- Make sure that the calcium hardness in your pool is about 200 ppm.
- Use a high-in-sodium-hypochlorite chlorine to will kill bacteria in the pool.
- Use an algaecide designed especially for winter. This will prevent algae from forming and kill pre-existing algae. If the algaecide is strong enough, it should keep your pool algae free all winter long. Just make sure that the chlorine level in your pool is not denser than 1 to 3 ppm.
Your pool should be thoroughly cleaned:
- Remove all moveable items from the pool, such as; ladders, pumps, filters etc.
- Use a net to remove any leaves, insects, animal fur etc. from the surface of the pool water.
- Scrub/vacuum the bottom of your pool. It does not matter what equipment you use to do so, as long as you make sure the pool is left clean.
- Clean around your pool. The tiles and balustrades around your pool should be kept clean and maintained during winter as well. Steel balustrades are usually easier to take care of, especially in winter.
Your pool should be covered:
- Using a pump, lower the water level about 50 cm.
- All equipment such as filters and pumps need to be dried and stored away.
- Cover the pool. You get covers for pools above the ground and pools in the ground. Make sure the cover fits your pool so that it can effectively protect it from debris, dirt and leaves.