Getting your pool ready for winter

winterize your swimming poolPreparing your swimming pool for winter can save you money in chemicals and power, and save you time. Winterising a pool is easy if you follow a few simple steps.

Reducing filtration hours

Reducing the hours that your pump is running can really save money on your power bill. Depending on your pool size and the area that you live, reducing the hours your swimming pool pump is running down to 4 – 6 hours a day is acceptable. It’s normally best to ask your local pool man for advice before doing this, as insufficient filtration for a larger pool in a warmer climate among other factors can result in the pool turning green.

Backwash and prepare filtration

To prepare your swimming pool filtration equipment for winter, give the filter a good backwash or your cartridges a good hose out. If you have a sand filter and it has a winter setting, use this. Do the same if your Chlorinator has a winter setting. (Still reduce the hours on your Chlorinator should it have a winter setting as some don’t do this automatically.)

Adding Algaecide

Adding an algaecide to your swimming pool is a great idea, especially if you’re reducing the filtration hours. This will prevent algae from growing and ensure your pool is ready to use when the summer months roll around again.

Give the pool a good clean

Make sure you give your swimming pool a good clean before you install the blanket and leave it for winter. An excess of leaves and other debris will eat up free chlorine and result in unsatisfactory results, even turning the pool green in extreme cases.

Install Pool Blanket

If you have a pool blanket, it’s a good idea to put this on your pool. Make sure you have your chlorine levels tested accurately before installing the blanket as high chlorine levels can destroy a blanket quite quickly.

Winterising a pool doesn’t take much time and can result in a perfect pool in the summer. Get your water tested every month and make sure to keep up the water chemistry.