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Home Living : July 17th 2012
POOL MAINTENANCE DON'T LET IT SLIDE WINTER POOL CARE PAYS OFF Janita Singh Putting in the effort in winter means your pool will be easier to get ready in summer. SHOULD you run your pool in winter or put it to bed? For many, winter is not the swimming season, so pools are covered and their upkeep put out of mind. But any swimming pool owner will tell you that having a pool is an all year-round commitment. Those who neglect their pool over winter are faced with unnecessary cost and effort to get it suitable for swimming later. How a pool is closed and main- tained for the off season will affect how easy it will be to open in summer. The ultimate objectives for winter pool care are to pre- serve water quality, protect equip- ment and pool finishes, and have a pool ready for enjoyment with minimum effort. Pool specialist, Swimart's natio- nal manager Chris Fitzmaurice said a neglected pool can quickly lose its sparkle and hygiene. ''It's easy to disregard pool care when the weather cools down, but it won't thank you if you let things slide too far,'' Fitzmaurice said. ''And regardless of the season, with the unpredictable weather we have been experiencing, there's every chance you may be able to take a dip during winter.'' Fitzmaurice said it was easier to stick to a maintenance schedule than to worry about it later. ''Once a week do a quick inspec- tion and make sure all your equipment is working properly. Also check the water level, empty the skimmer basket and check chlorine and pH levels,'' he said. CLEANING IN DEPTHS OF WINTER HAS BENEFITS Details: swimart.com.au NEGLECTED pools can get a build-up of algae and debris. Windy and stormy weather can blow leaves and dirt into the pool which, if left to settle, become difficult to remove. Balance the water: The pool's pH level needs to be between 7.2 and 7.6. Take a pool water sample to your local pool store for testing. Cleaning: Brush the walls, floor of the pool and vacuum. Algae thrives in unclean water. Clean the skimmer and lint baskets. Make sure the pool's filter is sparkling clean, as any grease or oil deposits will harden over winter and make the filter harder to clean later. Shock treatment: Use regular shock treatment throughout winter. Once you've added the shock treatment, run the pump and filter to distribute evenly. Check chlorine levels: Keep pool chlorine levels at a constant level of 2-3 PPM (parts per mil- lion) at all times in winter. If you're using a salt chlorinator and a pool blanket, remember to reduce the output of the chlorin- ator to 1-2 PPM, as pool blankets trap chemicals and chlorine, and can cause high chlorine levels, damaging pool equipment. Run the filter: Filter should operate for three to four hours daily. If you're using a timer, adjust it to suit. 6 HLN - HOME LIVING: NORTH, Tuesday, July 17, 2012 MB Decks Pergolas Stainless steel wire handrail Lattice Privacy Screens DIY pergola and deck kits Lic No: 170944C FREE LOCAL DELIVERY SHOWROOM OPEN 6 DAYS OUTDOOR PINE FREE DESIGN & QUOTE 5 CHILVERS ROAD THORNLEIGH www.thomsonsoutdoorpine.com.au 2136330i hln wk39 PHONE: 9980 7611 THOMSON S IAN CUBITT S CLASSIC HOME IMPROVEMENTS MULTI-HIA AWARD WINNERS l LICENCE NO: 66902C CONCEPT DESIGN | COUNCIL APPROVAL | CONSTRUCTION | GROUND AND 1ST FLOOR EXTENSIONS Open 7 Days | 152 Russell Street, Emu Plains | www.classichomeimprovements.com.au BUILDER OF QUALITY EXTENSIONS Designed and built for your lifestyle 1300 721 150 2150313 1/11 FRENCH STYLE BEDROOM AND DINING SUITES | CHANDELIERS LAMPS www.fleurfurniture.com.au 267 Victoria Road, GLADESVILLE p (02) 9817 1844 | f (02) 9818 3257 Parking to the rear of shop | Closed Mondays -- Open Tuesday to Sunday 10am - 5pm 2116078 16/8
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