Use the Most Effective Steps to Maintain the Pool

by Pool Builders on 12-01-2013 in Articles

Location and climate can have a significant impact on the required steps to maintain the pool. If living in an area that experiences cold to freezing weather during the winter, it is crucial to take the right action to ensue the pool area remains healthy. Pipes for instance can freeze up and cause wide-spread damage to the entire system.

To avoid issues with the pipe work it helps to clear the water from the entire plumping system using an air compressor. Work of this nature should be completed at the same time as draining a pool at season's end. Pool equipment like the heater and filter should also be drained of water.

Once drained of water it is often highly beneficial to give the pool a complete end of season clean. A complete cleaning regimen should include closing the skimmer line valves, emptying the skimmer baskets, and brushing and cleaning the wall and floor surfaces. A seasonal pool which isn't in use during the cooler winter period should be covered with a suitable cover to prevent the build up of dirt and debris.

During the period the swimming pool is out of action it might benefit to look at servicing some of the important hardware components. Pool heaters for instance are likely to need a regular service to make sure it is able to operate as required when needed. An electric heater is likely to be more hard-wearing and can last two or three years between each service. However, a gas-powered system is likely to need servicing at more regular intervals. An issue to be concerned with in the pool relates to the build up of calcium scales on the tubes which will limit flow and the ability to heat water. It can benefit to have the filtration system and similar items inspected throughout the closed season to make sure everything is fully working by the time the warm weather returns.

A highly desirable aspect of wintering the pool is because it is so much easier to reopen once the swimming season returns. A first step to opening the pool comes with cleaning the dirt and debris that surrounds the pool. Don't make the mistake of removing the protective cover until the local area has been swept or hosed clear of debris. Once the local area is clear it is possible to remove the cover and to start the process of filling the pool to its standard water level. Reconnect the components to make sure the pool is back in its full operational condition. Use a pH test kit to establish the quality of the water and make changes to the water balance as required.

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