With the colder weather, shorter days, more ‘stable’ weather conditions and limited use of the swimming pool, we tend to forget that the pool still requires correct chemical balance to remain clean and healthy.
Here are some tips to help maintain a safe and correct chemical throughout the Winter period:
1. Chlorine Levels
If you have not reduced your running times, or have a pool cover over your pool, you will need to regularly check your chlorine levels to ensure it does not get too high. Excessive Chlorine levels can result in deterioration of your expensive pool blankets and automatic pool cleaners. It can also have an effect on the pool surface!
It can effect your pH - the higher the chlorine level, the higher the potential for an unhealthy pool. This can cause a raft of other issues, making it more expensive to correct when the weather warms up and you want to use the pool.
It is important to maintain correct balance of your pH. If your pH is either too high or too low, it can effect the other chemical readings in the water. A high pH makes your Chlorine in-effective and allows scaling to build up on the surface of your pool surface and salt cells. A very low pH can burn off the chlorine, before it can sanitise the water.
In Winter, most people will be taking advantage of lower running times, saving wear-and-tear on equipment and lowering power consumption. If a pool is Winterised, you will be able to run the filter system even less.
With the lower running times though, there is the potential for the amount of dust and debris in the pool to build as the cleaner may not have enough time to remove it all. This may increase your phosphate levels. A High phosphate level can help provide perfect conditions for algae and algae can cost you time and $$.