Looking After Your Pool All Year Round
November 17, 2017
Caring for your swimming pool is important, did you know that how you care for your pool varies with every season?
It’s relatively simple if you just follow a regular maintenance programme.
Test your pool water to ensure it is safe to swim in; you need to monitor the pH balance and chlorine levels regularly. If you leave your pool water untreated, it can lead to bacteria, algae and viruses and other organisms to form in your pool. If the water has become cloudy, it can affect the eyes and skin of swimmers.
You need to use chemicals – correctly, this is essential for the longevity of the pool, and for the health of those using it. Be careful as too much chlorine can cause health problems, and too little can make your water go green. Incorrect levels can also damage your pool equipment.
By maintaining your pool properly, it will ensure your swimming seasons run smoothly.
Seasonal maintenance of Your Swimming Pool
We live in a beautiful country with famously enviable seasons, pool owners today want to be able to use their pools for as long as they can during the warmer months. Thanks to solar and gas heating options and pool covers, we can. Even though we have a fantastic climate most pool owners still chose not to use their pool during winter, keeping it unused and covered – so – how can you keep your pool in top form every month of the year?
- SUMMER – check the pH balance every two days, operate the filtration system for 6 to 8 hours each day, check and clean the skimmer basket and hair and lint pot basket once a week, vacuum the walls and floor of the pool regularly. Backwash your sand or DE filter or remove and clean the cartridge from your cartridge filter – depending on how you use the swimming pool
- AUTUMN – reduce the filtration hours to just two to three hours a day for saltwater pools and reduce the chlorine output when the days get cooler, clean your pool regularly to remove leaves and debris, use your pool cover to prevent leaves and debris damaging your skimmer and finally use a winter treatment kit.
- WINTER – Cover your swimming pool entirely, if you have pool lights, turn them on for at least 30 minutes each week to prevent a build-up of moisture, every two weeks check the chlorine and pH levels, empty the skimmer basket when full
- SPRING – check the pump is working correctly, thoroughly clean and vacuum the walls and floor, check the pH and chlorine levels fortnightly, check any fittings for leaks, and replace if necessary.