Winter is coming to us here in Perth and with the right pool prep, you’ll save yourself a bunch of time and a tonne of cash.
In summer, the Health Department recommends your pump is running 8 hours a day and pumping 2-4ppm chlorine into your pool.
In winter, because there are lower demands on the pool, you should be able to halve your running costs by running your pump for 4 hours a day pumping half your normal chlorine amount. But only if your pool is properly prepared!
Here are the steps at a glance;
Make sure is pool is balanced
Add an Algaecide
Use a Clarifier
Add Phosphate Remover
Overall, we’re going to bring the water back to pure water so we don’t have to use as many chemicals when it’s not needed. This allows us to drop the filtration time and the chlorinate down 50%.
Step one – Make sure your pool is balanced
First step is make sure your pool is balanced. Get your water tested and then take the steps recommended to make sure the water is balanced properly. We don’t want to be putting a copper based algaecide in a pool that already has a super high copper level, excessively high chlorine or a high or low ph level for example.
Step Two – Add an Algaecide
Algaecide is an algae killer. It’s like an insurance policy for your pool. First up, it kills any algae. Secondly, it stays in the pool for 3 months just in case.
Which algaecide? We recommend Zodiac Long Life Algaecide, which is a copper based algaecide. The copper base is what keeps it present in the pool for up to three months.
Be aware though, do not use a copper based algaecide with a Chemigem or Equilibrium system, as it will coat the system’s probes. Probes are how your system reads the ORP and the pH of the water, and if they’re hindered, this can cause them to mis-read the chemical levels in your pool’s water thus causing your system to overdose or underdose by mistake. If you have these systems on your pool, we can recommend an alternative product.
Step 3 – Use a Clarifier
A clarifier is the next step. It breaks down any oils and fats like sunscreen and sweat, allowing your filter to filter them out.
We usually recommend Chitosan clarifier. Chitosan is a natural clarifier made of recycled shellfish. It’s a seriously powerful product, able to break down the oils and fats in our pools, especially that sticky scum line around the pool’s edge that can be difficult to get off.
Step 4 – Phosphate Remover
Phosphates are everywhere. They’re in our air, our food, fertiliser, certain plants and trees and of course, in our pool water. They are not harmful, but in your pool, they chip away at your chlorine supply and are also the main food for algae. If you don’t put in phosphate remover (we recommend this one here), the phosphates will rapidly accelerate algae spread and you’ll have a green pond instead of a sparkling backyard oasis in no time.
Just one more thing – Pool heaters in winter are excellent
Did you know you can heat your pool in winter? Imagine being able to use your pool on one of our nice sunny 27 degree Perth days because your pool is a lovely 32 degrees. It can be done!
Heat pumps for outdoor pools are available and there are some great options out there that are efficient and work really well. These are plumbed in, aligned with your equipment. You can set your temperature and before you know it, Robert is your father’s brother and you can use your pool all year round.
There’s a tonne of heaters on the market, you can check out our range of heaters here. We stock the eVoHeat, they are a fantastic option. Australian made, Australian owned, great quality and we think they’re the best on the market. Definitely keep them in your research when looking for a heat pump!
And That’s That
Thanks for reading folks, let us know if you need a hand with any and all pool and spa related enquiries and we’ll see you next time for more pool and spa tips and info.
Remember, there are different ways to approach this depending on the brand and type of product you are using. Always read the labels and check with your local pool professional. Everyone has their own approach, it’s not a one size fits all process.