How to Care for Your Swimming Pool in the Winter Months

How to Care for Your Swimming Pool in the Winter Months

We’re lucky enough to get decent weather year-round in Australia, but there’s no doubting that winter months can bring with them some chilly days! While the family might love to make use of your swimming pool during summer, we can imagine the pool gets a little lonely when winter arrives.

Simply switching off your pool supplies in winter to save money on electricity can do more harm than good, potentially damaging your filtration and sanitation systems. Brush up on these tips to maintain your pool during the cold weather, and make sure you get maximum value and swim-time out of your backyard pool.

Keep it clean!

We know it can feel like a chore, but regularly cleaning your pool can save you money and ensure it functions well for longer. Purpose-built pool cleaners make the job a little easier, helping you to vacuum the floors and walls to prevent algae from forming and keeping the filtration system clear.

Regularly clean the filter

When the weather cools down, grease or oil deposits on your filter can harden and become more difficult to clean. Avoid stubborn build-up by regularly cleaning the pool’s filter.

Check pH and chlorine levels

Ideally, your swimming pool’s pH level should lie between 7.2 and 7.6, and chlorine should have a proportion of 2-3 parts per million during winter. You probably already have your own testing techniques, but if not, you can purchase chlorine and pH level test kits. Watch the video below to find out how they work.

Use a shock treatment

A shock treatment is a granular oxidiser, which is chlorine in powdered form that’s used to treat or “shock” the pool. It helps to remove waste that naturally builds up (also known as chloramines), such as sweat, sunscreen and dead bugs. Adding pool shock clears contamination and kills algae and bacteria.

Use a pool cover

A pool cover is essential for any outdoor pool, so make sure you use it when the swimming pool isn’t in use, to keep out dirt, leaves and bugs which can go on to clog the filter. Pool covers also reduce evaporation, saving you money on water and heating.

Adjust your filter operation times

If your filter has a timer, adjust it to run for only 3-4 hours per day during the winter months. By minimising the time your filter is on, you can save some money.

Check pool parts regularly

They might be mostly out of sight, but never leave your functional pool parts out of mind. Check the pump, heater and filter periodically to make sure they’re getting the maintenance they need. While you’re there, ensure all excess water has been removed - this can freeze during winter and cause your pipes to crack.