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Winter Pool Planning and Preparation

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We’re lucky to have some pretty mild winters in Sydney. Nevertheless, the change in climate is very evident, whether you’re feeling the frigid early morning chill in Penrith or the monsoon season by the coast. With winter coming up, it’s time to think about how you should be preparing your pool to last the winter season and be ready to use again in the spring. Preparing your pool for winter may depend on where you live but you might not have to shut it down and cover it completely.


You can talk to the experts at Outback Pools about specific tips for planning and prepping your pool for winter or you can read some of our information about the topic below.


Importance of Preparing a Pool for Winter


The main reason to plan and prep your pool for winter and colder weather is so you avoid serious problems that are costly to fix, such as a build-up of debris like dead leaves or algae. In addition, frost can affect the pool itself if you haven’t taken adequate precautions.


Steps to Prepare Pool for Cold Months


To ensure that your pool is properly winterised, follow these steps:

1.Balance the water’s pH. Make sure the pH is between 7.4 and 7.6, adding appropriate treatment to bring it to the correct level.

2.Clean the pool. Thoroughly brush the walls and floor of the pool and then vacuum it, ensuring you clean the skimmer baskets and the pump’s lint basket of debris.

3.Clean the filter. Make sure that the filter is spotless. Anything you leave behind, like grease or scale deposits will harden over the winter and make cleaning it out in the summer difficult.

4.Shock treatment. You should use a regular shock treatment throughout the winter and run the pump and filter to evenly distribute the treatment throughout the pool.

5.Use algaecide. When you leave your pump and filter off during the winter, algae can develop. Using an algaecide should protect against this.

6.Cover the pool. Covering the pool for the winter will help to prevent water loss and keep out debris.


Keep the Pool Running in Winter


In Sydney and the surrounding areas, you can often leave your pool running all winter if you so choose, especially if your pool is heated. However, you must make sure to continue your maintenance routine regularly.

1.Test chlorine levels according to temperature. If the temperature of your pool is between 10 and 21 degrees, check it once a month. For anything over 21 degrees, check it twice monthly.

2.Maintain pH and total alkalinity levels. Corrosion occurs more easily when it’s cold outside.

3.Regularly clean the pool. Even if you’re not using it as often, you still need to keep it free of debris to avoid future problems.

4.Run the filter for about 4 to 6 hours a day. You can use a timer and set it so that it’s broken into periods.


If you’d like specific information about your particular pool and how to prepare it for the winter months, don’t hesitate to contact Outback Pools in Penrith today.

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