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Home Living : May 18th 2010
6 HLN - HOME LIVING: NORTH, Tuesday, May 18, 2010 Maintain your pool in winter » ADVERTISING FEATURE HOMELIVING Just because the weather has taken a turn and a dip in the backyard pool is no longer as enticing, pool owners should not ignore their pools. By preparing your pool during winter, you'll save time and money, according to the Swimming Pool and Spa Association of NSW. Association chief executive Spiros Dassakis says small checks will ensure your pool is in good shape for spring. ''Doing nothing more than turning off the filter during the colder months means that, when the swimming season returns, you'll have a big job on your hands to restore your pool to tip-top swimming condition,'' he said. ''By following a few simple procedures, your pool will be ready to dive into the first hot day of the season." The association's winter maintenance guide shows how to save pool owners from having to empty the pool at the end of winter or having to add a lot of chemicals to clean the water. ''Once the pool is 'winterised' it will only take about a quarter of the time to maintain in winter as it does in summer," says Mr Dassakis. Pool owners will then need only to check the chlorine and pH levels every two weeks, empty the skimmer basket when full and occasionally check the water level and pressure gauge. Here's a quick checklist of how to winterise your pool: Backwash the filter and/or clean the cartridge with a recognised filter cleaner and degreaser. Clean the skimmer basket and hair and lint pot. Lubricate all O-rings with a silicone- based lubricant (call an association member pool shop or service company if a strong flow of water doesn't return once the filter is turned back on). Adjust the pH from 7.2 to 7.6 by adding acid if it's high or soda ash if low. 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