In the run up to the Australian winter, swimming pools are barely used and remain out of use until early spring. Nevertheless, maintaining a pool requires regular attention even if you are not confirming the pH level of the water every week as you might do in summer. Winter is the perfect time to carry out restructuring work and repairs that will mean the pool needs to be drained. Even if you are not able to do this sort of work yourself, then swimming pool builders can be hired at cost-effective prices during their low season. What are the pool jobs you should be concerning yourself with over the winter months?
Kill Off Algae Growth
Not only is the development of algae unsightly in an outdoor pool by creating a green film, but it is unhealthy to swim in once the weather starts to get better. Before sealing your pool off in winter, it is a good idea to apply an algaecide to the water. Ensure that it gets into every area of the pool and its pump system by adding it a day or two before you completely shut the pool's systems off. This way, it is much more likely to have the desired effect of stopping - or at least diminishing - the growth of unwanted algae.
Prevent Leaf Build Up on the Cover
A pool cover is a simple and effective means of preventing leaves getting into your pool over winter, but they don't do the job alone. Remember to roll the cover back three or four times over the course of the winter so that you can wipe it down and remove leaf mulch so that it continues to work effectively and not become too weighed down.
Repair Your Liner
If your pool has had damage caused to its liner over the summer season, then it ought to be repaired. Vinyl liner renovations are best completed when the pool is fully drained unless a patch can be added close to the water line. In such cases, a partial draining will be all that is required. If there are multiple rips and holes in the liner, then it is often better to replace it completely which is likely to mean hiring a professional to do the job for you.
Top Up Your Chlorine Level
Although you may not be using the pool, the chlorine level is best kept at the recommended level. This is because microorganisms can soon build up in a pool and work their way into parts of its filter system. Before closing the pool off from use, make sure the chlorine level is at its usual level, but don't over do it. If you add an excessive amount of chlorine to last you over the entire winter, then you can accidentally bleach the pool's liner.