Tips on how to keep your winterised pool in good condition

By Blue Cube on Tuesday, 03rd Jan 2017 in Troubleshooting - Pools, Water Quality.
Swimming Pool Service and Maintenance

With our mild Winter so far, here are some tips on how to keep your winterised pool in good condition.

Now that your pool has been winterized, you may think that you are done taking care of it for the season.  However, winter pool maintenance is simple and should be completed as regularly as possible.  Algae typically do not grow in water temperature that is less than 60 oF/15oC; however, it is possible, and with the uncharacteristically mild December we have had the risk of algae formation is significantly increased.

Here is Blue Cube Pools’ step by step guide to winter pool maintenance in the UK.

 “It costs more to treat a green pool than to treat a clean pool.”

So ensure your pool has been winterised. We find that we normally winterise pools in late September and October. If your pool has not yet been winterised please call us to arrange a treatment.

Check your Pool Water level:

This year we have not suffered with the unusually large amount of rainfall we had last year which may have caused the water level in your pool to increase. This can be a problem as the water can start to flow into the drained down pump and filter systems which can then cause issues and frost damage. For some pool liners it is critical to keep water levels from getting to high as water can get behind the liner causing issues.

Check you Pool Cover is secure

You need to regularly check your pool cover is secure. The heavy rain and high winds can damage your pool cover.  If we get a good dose of snow this can also cause damage to covers. It is important to make sure that the winter cover is in place and protecting your swimming pool and fix any damage quickly.

Above ground pools: Check to make sure that your heavy-duty air pillow is inflated and holding up your cover, cover cable is tightened, cover clips or winter seal wrap is secure, or the winter cover wall bags are holding your pool cover in place on your above ground pool.

In-ground pools: Check to see if your winter pool cover is being held in place by water blocks or water bags.  If you have a pool safety cover, then make sure that all safety cover components are securing the cover to your patio/deck area.

Remove leaves and debris from the top of your winter pool cover.

Eliminating sources of debris will prevent your pool cover from being ripped, torn or otherwise damaged during the winter months.  Wet leaves can be very heavy and weigh your pool cover down.  For those using leaf nets, then be sure to dispose of leaves that have collected on top of the net.  Keeping the pool area free of leaves will also help prevent water contamination if your pool is not covered for the winter.

With high winds it is sometimes possible for leaves to get into the pool, which will increase the risk of algae formation.

Check your pool water – is it going green?

Algae typically do not grow in water temperature that is less than 60 oF/15oC; however, it is possible, and with the uncharacteristically mild December we have had the risk of algae formation is significantly increased.

If you notice algae formation, then add shock treatment or algaecide to your pool water.  Preventing extended periods of algae growth will help save your pool’s liner, concrete, fixtures & fittings etc.  Plus, managing algae growth can be a pain when you open your pool for the summer!

“It costs more to treat a green pool than to treat a clean pool.”

Treating the early stages of an algae formation is not only cost effective but also better for the environment as less chemicals are required to treat the water. Ideally check your water every month and act quickly if the colour is changing.

You can always call Blue Cube Pools to treat your winterised pool if you are growing concerned about an algae formation.

Check the pool equipment

When Blue Cube Pools winterise a pool all the equipment such as the pump filter and heating systems are fully drained down to prevent damage from standing water and frost. With the unusual weather of high winds and heavy rain it is worth checking that your pool equipment has not gathered any water which could cause problems.

Be sure to keep your swimming pool great condition over the winter months to provide years of enjoyment!

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