Seasons Magazine August 2019
Looking after your pool and spa
In this article we describe how a few minutes each week spent on maintenance during the Winter can go a long way to making sure the water in your pool and spa is at its optimum.
Winter time is mostly about spas, but it’s a good idea to keep an eye on the pool as well. A few minutes each week spent on maintenance can go a long way to making sure the water in your pool and spa is at its optimum and there is nothing to impede the running of the equipment. Follow the steps below to achieve this:
- Run pump for 4 hours – circulating the water is at the heart of keeping the pool clean as it enables the water to be drawn through the skimmer and pump baskets and the filter, which will remove leaves, dirt and debris from the water.
- Clean pump and skimmer baskets – it can be surprising how quickly these baskets can fill up with the larger items that fall into the pool, by keeping them clean you will allow water to circulate freely and avoid the mishap of the pump running dry.
- Check automatic systems – there is a lot more automation in pools these days and it pays to check it from time to time to make sure it is working correctly, a quick look at the control panel will give an indication if there is a fault. Also make sure tablet feeders are kept topped up and containers holding acid and liquid chlorine for chemical dosing systems aren’t allowed to run dry. Salt water pools should be topped up with salt.
- Balance the water – by balancing the levels of Alkalinity (Bioguard BP100), Calcium (Bioguard BP300) and pH (Bioguard BP200 or Lo’N’Slo) you will increase the efficiency of your sanitiser and provide protection for the pool surface and equipment.
- Sanitise – by ensuring the pool is dosed with a regular amount of chlorine (Bioguard Power Chlor or Power Tabs) and given a shock dose using Bioguard Burn Out Extreme once a month you will prevent the pool from going green. Addition of an algaecide helps with this also.
- Clean filter – good idea during the quieter Winter time to chemically clean the filter to get rid of oils and grease that build up during the Summer time and which backwashing doesn’t remove. Bioguard Filter Brite is effective at doing this.
- Balance water – by balancing the levels of Alkalinity (Bioguard Spa Performance Up), Calcium (Bioguard Spa Shield) and pH (Bioguard Spa Aquality and Comfort Up) it makes the water comfortable, increases the efficiency of your sanitiser and provides protection for the surface and equipment of your spa. Alternatively Bioguard Spa Perfect Balance can be used to control all these aspects using a single chemical.
- Sanitise – we advise using “The Rule of Thumb”: 1 teaspoon of Bioguard Spa Armour per person per ½ hour added after you get out will ensure a good level of sanitation to clean and refresh the water after your use. Carry out a shock dose once a week by using a larger dose of chlorine or using Bioguard Spa Purity. This oxidises the water and removes any residual matter, spent chlorine and nitrates, leaving your water clean and refreshed
- Regular testing – test your pool water each week with a simple “Dip Stick”, which will give you a reasonable guide as to where the balance of the water is. We recommend bringing a sample in for more in depth testing at least once a month or as soon as you experience a problem.
- Clean filters – remove filter(s) each week and give a hose down with a garden hose. Each month soak the filter(s) in a solution of cartridge cleaner to remove any build up oils and grease.
- Clean spa – scale and fats & grease can build up in the pipework, which will impede the flow of water through the pump and jets, causing the pump to work harder and reduce the hydrotherapy effect of the jets. Use a cleaner such as Bioguard Spa Swirl Away annually to remove this build up.
If you have any questions on how to carry out any of the above tasks, simply pop into either our Cambridge or Hamilton store and the friendly and knowledgably staff will be able to help you.