Keep your pool clean, beautiful & ready for Summer!
Pool Winterising Guide
Even with the weather getting cooler you can keep your pool looking clean and beautiful with a few simple procedures and 4 products. More importantly, getting your pool properly prepared for winter months can save you hundreds of dollars in clean up bills at the start of next spring
Step 1. Balance the Water
Test your water using Baracuda Smart Dose test strips or get it tested in-store to make sure the water is at optimal levels. The pool needs to be balanced before adding other treatments. In particular, ph should be 7.2 – 7.6.
Step 2. Shock your Pool
Use Baracuda Xtreme Shock for one final shock treatment to help kill any lingering bacteria & or algae to ensure a clean start to next season.
Step 3. Add a Long Life Algae Killer
Add Baracuda Algae Killer to prevent algae growth. This copper based algaecide will last up to 3 months in your pool and ensure an algae free start to spring.
Step 4. Clean & Clarify
Get all the leaves and sticks out of the pool. These can stain your pool if they sit on the bottom. Clear out the skimmer basket and anything caught in the pool pump basket. If necessary use a Baracuda Sparkle Clarifer Tab to drop dust and debris to the bottom of the pool in order to vacuum out.
Extra Maintenance Tips
Step 5. Pool Equipment – Check & Clean where necessary
Check filter for Grease.
Backwash sand/glass filters to get rid of impurities that have built up. If you have a cartridge filter, take it out and rinse clean.
Check Salt Chlorinator Cell for Calcium.
If you have a Salt Pool check the chlorinator cell has no calcium buildup on it. If there is, use Baracuda Salt Cell Cleaner to remove any calcification. This product is re-usable.
Reduce Pump / Filtration Time.
Reduce Filtration / Pump Running time from 8 hours day to 4 hours day. Ensure you keep the equipment running even during winter or algae will build up.
Baracuda Salt Cell Cleaner
Step 6. Winter Chlorination
In Chlorine Pools - Use Baracuda Weekly Chlorine Tablets with a floater. The chlorinator output can be lowered however check regularly for a free chlorine reading between 1-2ppm.
For Salt Pools – Reduce the chlorinator output to 1-2ppm in winter so around half of the summer output as in winter months we can reduce usage to compensate for lower bather load.
Step 7. Maintenance Tips
Check the pool water chemistry weekly to monthly to ensure pH is in check and minimum chlorine levels are correct.
Add Acid as needed.
Clear skimmer baskets and debris from the pool regularly.
If you have a pool cover for your Salt Pool, remember to reduce chlorine output as chlorine will build up under the pool cover.