Despite how It may seem, cleaning a green pool is much more expensive than maintaining it through winter, the cost and inconvenience makes it well worth doing.

Not only does reviving your pool cost more once it has gone green, but it can also cause damage to your equipment and pool surface, not to mention the effort you have to put in to clean it up.

Here are 5 easy steps to a clear pool all winter.

1. Maintain your water balance
2. Filter your pool
3. Add an Algaecide
4. Keeping your pool clean
5. Equipment Maintenance

1. Correct water balance.

Maintaining the correct water balance is essential to keeping your water clear & algae-free. The two most critical levels to maintain a clear pool are chlorine & pH. Maintaining your chlorine ensures that the water is well sanitised, with deal ranges for a covered pool between 0.5 – 1ppm and for an uncovered pool between 1 – 3ppm.
Maintain your pH between 7.4-7.6. this is the ideal range where your chlorine is most effective. Ideally, check these on a weekly basis. Another balance to check on a monthly basis is alkalinity which varies between pool surfaces so bring in a sample for testing so our team can advise where you should maintain yours.

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2. Water filtration.

Keeping your water moving and passing through your filter will remove the dust, debris, and dead algae to keep your water clear. During the cooler months, you can reduce your pump operating time to around 4 hours/day, you may be able to reduce this further depending on a few factors such as your pool size if you have a cover on or not. Again, see our team to find out what is the most appropriate timer settings for your pool. Don’t forget to backwash your media filter or clean your cartridges on a regular basis throughout winter, once per month is usually sufficient.

3. Using an algaecide.

Algaecides not only help kill the algae present in the water, but they also act as a preventative to keep potential algae outbreaks at bay. There are a number of different types of algaecides that can be used for different applications, depending on your pool requirements. The most common is a copper-based “winteriser”.

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4. Keeping your pool clean

Regularly cleaning leaves, dirt & debris in the pool will remove another way for algae to cause trouble. Regular cleaning by hand or using an automatic cleaner or a robotic cleaner to vacuum, scrub & filter the water will reduce the organic matter in your pool. Don’t forget to empty your skimmer & pump baskets regularly as well, as poor water flow will impact your water filtration and starve your pump of water causing internal damage.

5. Equipment maintenance

Along with the regular emptying of your baskets, ensuring the pressure in your filter isn’t too high and cleaning/backwashing when necessary usually once a month. Cleaning your salt chlorinator cell when a build-up appears will ensure good chlorine production & water flow. Check underneath your pump for signs of water leaks as this may indicate a more serious problem internally.

Our team of professionals can advise you in-store or come to clean & maintain your pool regularly throughout the winter months, so you don’t have to worry about a thing!

If however, you find yourself with a green pool you can follow these tips to get it treated sand back to clear.