Safety Tips

Winter Maintenance

18 June 2015

Cleaning and repairing the pool area in swimming season is like trying to rearrange the living roomwhile everyone’s watching TV – nothing is going to get done without a lot of complaints. So now the swimming season is over, it’s the perfect time to get on with some maintenance jobs. Those tasks aren’t just about the health of the water either. Cool weather is the perfect opportunity to check the pool fence, outdoor furniture and paving without sweltering in the sun.

Winter Maintenance

That’s not to say you should forget the star attraction – the pool. So start by looking at the health of your water. You can test it yourself or take a sample to your nearest Swimart store to be tested. Staff will then be able to advise you how to get your pool water into top condition. Then there’s the equipment: pumps and filters etc. If you feel confident, you can check that these are running properly and that there are no signs of wear and tear on the parts. Spare parts are also available from Swimart stores. (The benefit of doing these jobs in winter is if repairs are needed they won’t cut into anyone’s summer fun.)

Another option is to have a Swimart technician visit your home. Swimart offers a range of services including:

Home pool health check

A qualified and experienced Swimart pool technician will conduct a cursory check of your pool or spa filtration equipment as well as a full water test. They'll inform you if a water treatment is required and can even provide the chemicals or do it all for you.

Resort Private pool has weekly check maintenance test, Salt Meter Level, to make sure water is clean and can swim

Pool cleaning service

Swimart technicians will provide a range of essential maintenance services uniquely tailored to your pool from a full vacuum to water balancing and equipment checks.

94-point pool check

Want to make sure your pool is as efficient, well maintained and as safe as possible? Swimart offers a comprehensive 94 Point Pool Check to ensure just that.

Filter sand change

If you have a sand filter, the sand needs to be replaced every four to five years to ensure maximum performance. Over time, the filtration process causes water channels to form in the filter sand, which means it runs less effectively. Technicians can do this for you.

Filter clean and degrease service

Keeping your pool filter in great condition is vital for the health of your pool. Swimart offers a full filter clean and degrease service.

Pool/spa general repairs

Swimart is the pool and spa specialist. Specialist technicians can carry out general repairs to pool or spa equipment.

With Swimart technicians able to take care of the pool equipment, it’s time to turn your attention to other things around the pool.

Swimming pool hose needs repair

The fence

Pool fences are required by law for a very good reason – they keep kids safe from drowning. But there’s no point having a fence if it’s so badly maintained that the little ones can get to the water anyway. Make sure the footings of the fence panels are secure and that the ground has not subsided. Ensure the panels are not rusted or broken and that there is nothing nearby that a child could climb on to get over the top. Check that the gate is also in good condition and that the lock works and cannot be accessed by a child.

The deck

Whether your pool is surrounded by timber, pavers or stone, now is the time to ensure the surface is even and unbroken. (This will prevent trips and falls.) Check for loose or damaged boards in timber and consider resealing the surface with a good quality exterior decking oil. Pavers and stone should not be cracked or uneven. Now is also a good time to get any weeds under control.

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