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alwayssafewhentheownerisnotaround.”
Thisisapopularreasonforpurchase,
especiallyforthosewithyoungchildren
andpets.TheAlgarvehasotherattractions,
too.“Itcanbemovedoffthepoolin
warmerweatherandallitspartsaresalt
andchlorineprotected,”continuesKelsey.
“Ithastheaddedbenefitofnorailsor
trackstorunon.Becauseofthesliding
mechanismthatisbuiltwithineachsection,
theenclosurerunssmoothlywithoutthe
needforanythingelse.Thismeansthat
whenitispushedbackoffthepoolon
thosefewnicesummerdays,thereareno
unsightlyrailsacrossthesurroundtocollect
dirtorstubbtoeson.Thereisalsoachoice
ofautomaticormanualdesigns.”
Arqualand’sproductrangealsohasa
numberofsecurityfeatures.“Our
How a pool in winter should look- a quality cover in place keeping away
enclosuresaremadeofverystrongmaterial the worst of the winter and saving money for the new season
–itisalsousedtomanufacturepoliceriot
shields,”addsEstelleMichaels.“Theyhave
lockabledoors,whiletheslidingwindows
canonlybeopenedfromtheinside.”
Withtheyearenteringitsfinalquarter, DEALING WITH THE ONSET OF WINTER
outdoorswimmingmayno longerbethe Option 1 - Work through the tried and test shutdown plan which includes everything from
firstthingon people’sminds,butthereis shock dosing the pool with chemicals, closing vales and isolating power supply. Easy,
stillplentythatcanbedonetocareand straightforwardbutjusttakessometime.
maintainthesefacilities,andthisoffersa
significantvarietyof marketing Option 2 - A pool cover can be added to prevent a build-up of dirt and debris, as well as
opportunitiestothetrade.Whateverthe making the area safer for children. The market is full of effective easy to fit and operate
specialistareaof yourbusiness,thisisthe coversandtheirallyearrounduseisalsoanadvantagewithenergybenefits
timetoinformandeducateon the
importanceof winterisingpools,andone Option3-dealwiththeproblembyfindingamorepermanentsolution,byinstalling apool
thingisforsure,yourcustomerswill enclosure also improves safety and security, and can be used to extend the swimming
certainlybegratefulwhentheyavoidhefty seasonfarbeyondthebriefmonthsoftheUKsummer
repairbillscomespringtime. spn
Step by step guide on what needs to be done
Whetheryouareclosingdownyourpool poolandthenvacuum.Ifyouleavedirtand Anti-freeze per 10’ of distance from
yourselfforwinteroradvisingcustomers debrisinyourpool,itcancausestaining. the pump to the pool.
thenthere’sastepbysteplisttofollow Removealldrainplugsfromthe
of thethingsyouneedtothinkabout STEP 5 -Addwinterisingchemicalsinto pump,filtertank,andanyotherpool
thedeependof thepooltohelpprotect equipment.Followthemanufacturer’s
STEP 1 -Makesureyoubackwashthefilter waterqualityduringthewintermonths. instructionsforyourspecificequipment.
andremoveanydebrisfromthepump Placealldrainplugsin thepumpbasket
strainer,skimmersandpoolwatersurface. STEP 6 -Cleanthefilter,skimmer,and forstorage.
pumpbasket.Removeallunusedchlorine
STEP 2 - Ensure your water is productfromChlorinator.Cartridgefilter STEP 9 -In-Ground-Pools– Cover
chemically balanced. Adjust the levels if elementsandDEgridsshouldbecleaned Installation:Placewatertubesendto
necessary. This step is important andstored.Ifyouhaveasandfilter, endaroundtheedgeof thepool.Fill
because it protects the pool from backwashit. watertubes3/4fullof water(donot
corrosion or scale buildup that can overfill becausewaterexpandswhen
occur during the period when the pool STEP 7 -Lowerthewaterinthepool freezinganditcouldburstthewater
is shut down. The chemical levels belowthereturns(wherethewaterjets tubes).Watertubesaresoldseparately
should be: intothepool)andtheskimmer.NEVER orin packsof five.Neveruseconcrete
• pH 7.2 - 7.6 COMPLETELYDRAINAPOOL!Usingan blocks,bricks,etc.tosecurethecover
• Alkalinity 80 - 120 parts per million aircompressororshopvac(attachedto becausetheycandamagethepool
• Calcium Hardness 175 - 250 parts theblowersideofthevac),blowwaterout coverorthepool.
per million ofthesystembyforcingairdownthe
• Chlorine 1 - 3 parts per million skimmerandthroughtheplumbing. STEP 10 -Placeacoverpumpin the
centreof thepoolcovertodrainoff
STEP 3 -Removealldeckequipment STEP 8 -Cap off return lines by using excesswateraccumulation.Thisisvery
(ladders,rails,etc.). threaded plugs, or use expandable importantbecausetoomuchwateron
rubber plugs if your returns are not topof thecovercancausethecoverto
STEP 4 threaded. Add anti-freeze by pouring it riporpullthecoverandwatertubes
Brushdownthefloorandsidesofyour through the skimmer. Use 1 gallon of intothepool(verymessycleanup).
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