14 September 2015
Winterise your pool, then keep it serviced
With luck, the sun will shine throughout September allowing you to swim to your heart’s content but soon the inevitable closing period will be upon us. As the nights draw in and the cold creep of winter works its way across the country, you will start thinking about closing your outdoor pool, but will you also be thinking about servicing the pool while it’s closed?
Your pool should be serviced all year round for the best performance. Leaving it to the elements throughout the winter months can damage your pool's plant and equipment such as boilers, pumps and filters.
You must close your outdoor pool correctly at the start of the winter season. When you do this can fluctuate depending on the weather, but generally the process starts late September. The winterisation process involves draining water and equipment and covering the pool with a winter cover. These steps will protect your pool from sub-zero temperatures, debris, rain and wind.
However, simply closing your pool over the winter months is not enough. While many people think it’s fine to overlook servicing when the pool is closed, problems can and do occur – from significantly altered water chemistry to all manner of garden debris finding their way into the water.
It is therefore vital that you continue to have your pool serviced by a professional pool engineer throughout winter. By doing so, you are ensuring the longevity of your pool and, come spring, you’ll be more than a little grateful for your forward planning! Your pool will be in peak condition; ready for you and your family to swim when your engineer re-opens the pool in April.
For more advice on the winterisation process, read our fuller blog, Closing your pool for the winter, published September last year. The advice is the same year in year out; the important thing is to plan ahead and use a reputable company to manage the winterisation process and the ongoing servicing.
At London Swimming Pool Company we specialise in swimming pool maintenance, servicing and refurbishment, so if you have a pool that’s in need of regular maintenance or a facelift, contact us for an initial discussion – there’s no substitute for expert advice. If you have an older swimming pool that needs upgrading, we suggest planning your refurbishment for the autumn, so all the work is done and dusted before the next swimming season.