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7 steps to get your pool ready for winter

Now that autumn has arrived, and winter is fast approaching, your pool usage has probably declined.

However, just because your pool has shut up shop for the
season doesn’t mean you can forget about it… doing so might leave you with a green pool, a hole in your wallet and a stomach full of regret.

So, how do you get your pool ready for winter?

Step 1. Clean itpool_winter_ready

Remove all debris from the water, skimmer, pump basket and filters. If anything is left to sink to the bottom it can stain the surface and be a real pain to clean.

Step 2. Check all equipment

Ensure the pump is working and there is no calcium build-up on the chlorination cell. Try using BioGuard Salt Cell Cleaner to remove any calcification.

Throughout the cooler months you’ll still need the pump, filter and chlorinator to run for at least 4 hours a day.

If needed, a BioGuard professional can always service your pool equipment. Visit our Store Location Finder here.

Step 3. Backwash your filter

To clean contaminants from the filter, you’ll need to backwash the filter.

For a basic ‘how to’ guide on backwashing, have a read over one of our previous blogs here:

Step 4. Balance the water

Everything in your pool becomes more efficient with properly balanced water. You’re primarily defending against algae outbreaks, but the surface and equipment will also last longer.

If you need to shock your pool, try using BioGuard’s Burn Out Extreme. It’s easy to use, is great for shocking pools and treating them with chlorine demands and/or algae problems.

Click here for the optimum chemical levels.

Step 5. Add a phosphate remover

Although your pool might not contain algae, the addition of a phosphate remover like Pool Tonic, eliminates its food source.

No phosphate, equals no algae.

pool_winter_ready_1Step 6. Use your pool cover

If you don’t have one, it’s time to invest. A cover protects your pool from the elements and evaporation.

And let’s be honest, no one wants to be skimming and vacuuming when it’s freezing outside.

Step 7. Continue basic maintenance

Check the water chemistry and filter gauge every two weeks, adjusting where necessary.

Every so often, it’s a good idea to take a water sample to your local BioGuard Approved Retailer. Find your closest one here: www.bioguard.com.au/stores

For more information on how to get your pool ready for winter, follow BioGuard on Facebook. We’re always posting great tips and tricks to help keep you ahead! Find us here: www.facebook.com/BioGuardAUNZ

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