Seasonal Swimming Pool Maintenance

Pool owners are always looking for ways to prolong their swimming season and thanks to development of pool covers and more economical solar and gas heating alternatives. Unfortunately for the regular pool owners, the season controls the swimming timetable and during winter our pools are usually covered and remains vacant. Jim’s Pool Care will happily provide great tips to keep your pool in mint condition for all year round to ensure its ready to dive at any given notice.

Summer Pool Maintenance 

  • Activate the filtration system six to eight hours a day
  • Thoroughly backwash your sand or DE filter or take away and clean the cartridge from your cartridge filter, dependent on pool use
  • Maintain the water level at about half way up to the skimmer box opening
  • Check the pH every two days
  • Check the Total Alkalinity (TA) weekly
  • Check and clean the skimmer basket and hair and lint pot basket weekly
  • Frequently check sanitiser levels, if possible daily
  • Have your pool water checked at your local Jim’s Pool Care technician every two weeks
  • Clean the pool and vacuum the walls and floor of the pool frequently

Autumn Pool Maintenance 

  • Clean your pool more frequently to remove autumnal leaves and other debris
  • Lower filtration hours to two to three hours a day or in salt pools, decrease the chlorine output as the days get cooler
  • Use your pool cover more regularly to avoid leaves and debris causing damage to your skimmer
  •  ‘Winterise’ your pool using a winter treatment kit

Winter Pool Maintenance

  • Cover the pool entirely
  • Check the chlorine and pH levels every two weeks
  • Irregularly check the water level is half way up the skimmer box opening
  • Occasionally check the pressure gauge on the filter is not indicating ‘backwash’
  • Clear the skimmer basket when full
  • Turn the pool lights on for at least 30 minutes a week to avoid build-up of moisture within the light and wiring

Spring Pool Maintenance

  • Carefully clean the pool and vacuum the walls and floor
  • Check the pump is working correctly and arrange a full pool equipment service by a Jim’s Pool Care technician
  • Check or swap fittings and check for leaks
  • Check the chlorine and pH levels every two weeks
  • Clear the skimmer basket when full
  • Occasionally check the water level is half way up the skimmer box opening
  • Occasionally check the pressure gauge on the filter is not indicating ‘backwash’
  • Turn the pool lights on for at least 30 minutes a week to avoid build-up of moisture within the light and wiring
Pool Maintenance
Content courtesy of SPASA Australia & Jim’s Pool Care