Although Auckland has a reasonably mild climate there are a few things we can get away with in regards to shutting down for winter. Once the water temperature is below 18, pool turnover can be reduced by at at least half (3-hours) and chlorine levels are easily maintained with little expense.
There are a few different ways to go regarding the winter but here is one common method we like.
4 hours filtering
around 20% on dosing units or 2 Smart sticks monthly (long lasting chlorine sticks) in the skimmer .
Monthly dose of algaecide.
Vac to waste if water level is high.
Be careful of leaving the cover on if you have any dosing unit as the chlorine can sky rocket easily which will also send your balance way out and damage cleaners.
We recommend balancing the water fully in Late April or early May and then at least once in the middle of winter around Late July. This will ensure that the pool ph isn't going to be affecting your surfaces, equipment, and chlorine effectiveness and means the pool will be easy to keep clear when the temperature warms again.
I hope this helps and good luck avoiding the rain for the cleaning
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We have had a fantastic response once again for our voucher mail out. Last few days before the 20% discount on chemicals expires. There will still be the vouchers for free valet and $80 shop credit for the few service specials which will run all winter. I'll post a winterizing item next week.
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It has been miserable and cold, but with all that rain we have dealt with a few green pools already, which is a little earlier than usual.
So beware. Keep one eye on the pool from now and make sure chlorine, pH, and alkalinity are all good leading into the warmer weather as I expect we will see a lot of algae shortly.
Our valet service grew 50% last year to over 200 valets so we are putting a third valet van on the road this summer to take our total fleet to 6 service vehicles. We are currently seeking experienced pool valets for the role so if you’re interested or if you know of anyone who may be interested please forward my contact details onto them. Ideally we are looking for an experienced valet but we may consider a pool owner who is looking for a new challenge and summers by the pool.
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Flooding on Hugh Green Drive in Albany
Well what a down pour on Tuesday. Lots of calls about flooding in the pool and grey, green and brown pool water.
Usually these events are easy to rectify with a shock dose and a clarifier. with extreme cloudiness (e.g. can’t see 2 feet into the water after treatment) you may need to follow up with a floc and a vacuum to waste - at least you will have plenty of water to do it!
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weekdays - 8.30 am to 5.30pm
Only one staff member operating on the weekends now, so in the unusual circumstance of 2-3 customers coming in at once we do apologize and thank you for your patience.
Now that the pools are under the magic 19 degrees we can wind the hours of the pumps right down and considerably lower the chlorine dosing in the pool. There are (like most things with the pool) varying opinions and models to go by for winter treatment but the main thing most people are after is achieving a clear pool with as little money and effort as possible without compromising your equipment and pool surface at the same time.
This can be achieved in many ways depending on the type of pool and the system you are using but let me give you a basic recommendation for a 50,000L pool.
Hours – 4 at the most usually covers the circulation.
Chlorine – You should be able to make 3 standard tablets last a month in the skimmer or 1-2 Smart Sticks (our preference)
Cleaning – Monthly. You dont want leaf stains setting in.
Balance –For a minimum I would recommend one done in full at the season end, say late April, then one in early July. This will guarantee a much easier, trouble free beginning when you start the more regular balancing from September when temperatures will get above 19 again.
For salt pool owners you have two options for the salty.
1)Turn it right down and adding salt mid July will help prevent damage to the cell as operating on low salt will shorten its life expectancy.
2)Turn it off and use 2 Smart Sticks once a month. This would be a preference as it will greatly increase the life of your cell. Just don’t forget to add the sticks!
Rolachems don't need changing as they measure and dose.
As mentioned earlier there are differnt wasy to do it and you cirtainly can do as much balance as you want and extra algaecide etc to keep a better guarentee of no algae but this program will work well in most pools.
Want to make winter even easier? Get a debris cover. No cleaning of the pool required ALL winter. Awsome.
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