Now that autumn has arrived, and winter is fast approaching, your pool usage has probably declined. However, just because your pool has shut up shop for the season doesn’t mean you can forget about it… doing so might leave you with a green pool, a hole in your wallet and a stomach full of regret. So, how do you get your pool ready for winter?
Remove all debris and foliage from the pool shell & surface, brush the shell, clear the poolside skimmer basket/s, and pump basket. Backwash & rinse the pool filter/s. If anything is left to sink to the bottom it can stain the pool surface and be a real pain to try and cleanup / remove later on.
Step 2. Check all equipment
Ensure the pump is working as normal and there are no abnormal sounds coming from it ( no mechanical stress noises ) and that it is not leaking. Check all your pool equipment. Check the pump box/room/floor for any water residue, puddles etc. Check that there is no white Calcium build-up on the salt chlorinator cell/s plates and the sensors which are usually located at the back of the cell ( if this is a salt water pool of course ) Remove the cell from its housing a try using Hydrochloric Acid in a diluted form as recommended to remove any calcification on the plates and sensors. Or use your preferred salt cell cleaning solution. When you are done with the clean up flush your cell out with fresh water and then refit and check for leaks.
Ensure that your pool water salt levels are correct and that the water is correctly balanced. Take a water sample to your local pool shop if required for testing.
Throughout the cooler months you’ll still need the pump, filter and chlorinator ( if fitted ) to run for at least 4 hours a day ( pool size dependant ) it may require a little more.
If needed, Pool Masta NZ can always service your pool equipment and get this ready for the Winter period. Visit us in store or call us on 09 272 4100.
Step 3. Backwash & Rinse your pool filter
To clean contaminants from the filter, you’ll need to backwash and rinse the pool filter at least 1 x per month or as required in the Winter. Monitor the filter pressure gauge and water flow through the pump basket and/or salt cell housing if fitted.
For a basic ‘how to’ guide on backwashing, have a read over one of our previous posts here.
Step 4. Test, adjust and Balance the pool water
Everything in your pool becomes more efficient with properly balanced water. You’re primarily defending against algae outbreaks, but the surface and equipment will also last longer.
If you need to shock your pool, try using Bioguard Burnout Extreme. It’s easy to use, is great for “shock dosing” pools and treating them with chlorine demands and/or algae problems. Remember to add this product as prescribed and recommended. For Vinyl plastic “liner” pool addition this product or any other granular form of chlorine should be pre-mixed and dissolved prior to adding to your pool water. Staining/bleaching of the Vinyl liner ( which is irreversible ) can occur. Be careful.
Step 5. Add a Phosphate remover
Although your pool might not contain algae, the addition of a phosphate remover like Pool Tonic, eliminates its food source. Read more here …… https://poolmasta.nz/phosphates-pool-water/ …… No phosphate, equals no algae nutrients.
If you don’t have a debris net then it’s time to invest. A debris net cover protects your pool from the elements. The net can be partially removed 1 x per month for vacuuming purposes. During the month following high winds or bad weather an air blower can we used to shift foliage / debris off the net for uplifting. Let’s be honest, no one wants to be skimming and vacuuming when it’s cold outside.
Step 7. Continue basic maintenance
Check the water chemistry and filter gauge every two weeks, adjusting where necessary. Your Summer pool “start up” should be Drama free if you follow these guidelines. If you have pool heating available then start up and run your heater 1 x per month for a few hours. A motor car does not like to stand turned off for around 6 months …. neither does a Heat pump, Gas heater or a Solar system.