4 pool maintenance tips for the cooler months
If you want your pool to be ready for summer, it is important to address various maintenance issues during the cooler months to ensure you have no problems when you are ready to swim again.
Your pool might not be used as much during the cooler months, but making sure you maintain it properly will get you swimming faster when warm weather returns. It is important to do more than throw on the pool cover and hibernate inside for the next few months. Otherwise, when you pull the cover back in spring you might find a very unsightly and algae-riddled body of water, which can be expensive to fix.
The Clark Rubber experts have put together some simple pool maintenance tips to help you. These are great for the cooler months as well as for any extended holidays - any time you leave home for more than a week or two.
1) Get your pool water professionally tested
Water testing can ensure your pool water is healthy. Simply seeing a clear pool does not necessarily mean that it is a healthy pool.
Many pool owners get a shock after winter when they lift the cover and discover a swamp where their clear pool used to be.
To make sure that you avoid this time-consuming and costly issue, it is best to seek advice from the Clark Rubber pool experts before preparing your pool for the cooler months. They can provide you with assistance to test your water and give advice on what to adjust in preparation. Bring in a water sample to a Clark Rubber store for a free water test. Alternatively, we can come to you and do the work for you, with our Onsite Pool Care Service.
If a water balance problem is found, we can help you find the right products to help you get the balance right and ensure your pool is prepared for the cooler months.
2) Vacuum your pool and clean your filter
Cleaning your pool and filter before closing it down removes bacteria or algae that might grow over the cooler months. This means conducting a comprehensive vacuum, which helps remove any organic matter in the pool that can provide a food source for algae.
If your pool water is starting to look cloudy, this is a sign that further maintenance on your pool water is required before pulling on the cover. Degreasers and clarifiers might be required.
Once this process is finished, our experts recommend cleaning your filter. If you have a sand filter, this means backwashing to flush out any contaminants. If you have a cartridge filter, remove the filter and clean it. We also recommend soaking the cartridge in a filter cleaner and then hosing it out. This only takes a short amount of time but can save you a lot of money and stress when it comes time to use your pool again.
Chemical balance and sanitization levels are a vital part of pool maintenance, so take a sample to your local Clark Rubber store for a free pool water test, purchase your own test kit, or take advantage of our onsite pool care service.
3) Check your ladders
Safety should be a top priority for any pool owner. Before you start concentrating on indoor activities, make sure you dedicate some time to checking ladders and handrails. Over a busy summer of fun, bolts and hardware can become loose and present a major safety hazard the next time it is used.
In addition to tightening bolts, it is a good idea to apply anti-corrosion products to ensure they don't rust when out of action. This preserves the strength and stability of your ladders and rails.
4) Reduce running times on equipment
Running time for equipment like pumps and filters can be reduced to two to four hours per day during the cooler months, but they should never be switched off completely. Circulating water effectively is a critical part of making sure your pool water doesn't turn green.
Operating your equipment on a reduced schedule will still allow the system to circulate water and distribute the minimum level of chemicals required, and will reduce your long term running costs.
All of this will help to make sure your pool is prepared for the cooler months, but it is still important to keep a maintenance schedule to check water balance and chlorine levels regularly.
You should also consider treatments such as algaecide to help manage risk of water contamination whilst not in use. You can continue to monitor the pool yourself using a water test kit, or ask a Clark Rubber pool technician to monitor it regularly on your behalf so you can avoid any issues with your pool water when those warm days return.
To learn more about pool maintenance and preparing your pool for the cooler months, feel free to get in touch with the friendly expert team at Clark Rubber.