During the cooler months, you're very unlikely to actually want to use your pool, especially if you live in a part of Australia that regularly suffers from freezing temperatures. With that in mind, you might want to consider winterizing it. This involves creating a chemical balance, reducing the amount of water, flushing out the pipes, and, usually, covering the pool.
It might seem like a lot of work, but winterizing your pool comes with a whole string of benefits, including:
1. Prevents Damage from Freezing
Freeze damage is one of the worst things that can happen to your pool. Water expands when it freezes, and the pressure can cause large cracks to appear across the structure of your pool, which would necessitate serious and expensive repair work. Additionally, your pipes, pumps, and filters can all be damaged beyond repair if they are filled with water when a freeze occurs. Winterization reduces the amount of water in the pool and keeps it from key areas, so this shouldn't be a problem if you take the right steps.
2. You'll Save Money
As every pool owner knows, having a pool means having to spend money maintaining it. When you winterize your pool, you won't have to spend money all winter running the pumps, and neither will you need to regularly treat it with chemicals. Instead the pool will simply be covered, and you'll be unlikely to need to worry about it until the winter months are behind you.
3. Prevents Staining
Swimming pool stains can be removed, but this is often a tiresome and expensive process. Since a pool is almost always covered at the end of the winterization process, and also treated with the right chemicals, it's very hard for stains to form due to an improper chemical balance or foreign objects that have entered the pool. With the water chemistry balanced, no staining or etching should develop.
4. You Prevent Any Animal Accidents
Most animals aren't too savvy about pools, and it's easy for those who mistakenly enter the pool to drown. This becomes even more likely during the winter due to the freezing temperatures that can occur. You don't want to have to deal with these accidents; it can be pretty gruesome, enough to put you off using the pool when summer finally does roll around. Keeping the pool covered prevents this from happening.
Winterization helps protect the health of your pool, so it's a procedure well worth carrying out. If you don't feel up for it yourself, just contact a professional pool maintenance company. For more information, contact a business such as Cygnet Pool Supplies & Service Pty Ltd.
It used to be relatively easy to design pools for blocks, as you'd just look at the backyard and figure up which rectangular or kidney shaped pool could fit in the yard. With all sorts of new block shapes occurring when people subdivide old blocks, it can be more challenging to fit a traditional pool into a yard. However, some innovative pool designers and homeowners have come up with great pools that fit on unusually shaped blocks and make the most of limited space. This blog highlights some of the pools I have seen online and in real life that have impressed me with great design. I hope you like it.