The nights are getting longer, the weather is getting colder and it’s almost time that we get an extra hours sleep when the clocks roll back.
What does that mean for your Pool?
What should you do with your Pool in Winter?
Scotland is known for many things, but a warm Winter is, sadly, not one of them. If you have an outdoor pool, the chances are that you don’t get much use of it between October and April – unless you fancy braving the cold.
What are your options?
You can keep it running as normal, at temperature. This means it’s ready to jump in at a moments notice if the fancy takes you, and also saves you from closing it down for the Winter.
If you aren’t planning on using it and want to cut down on running costs throughout the Winter season, Winterising your pool is a possibility.
Professional is best
We would always recommend getting a professional ‘Winterisation’ Eagle Leisure.
You should never just turn it off or empty it.
If you turn it off and there is a cold spell, the water in the pipes will likely freeze, causing expansion and cracking the pipes. If you empty it, this can cause structural damage to the pool, again resulting in expensive repairs come Summer.
You need a professional to drain the plant room water and put in place precautions that will most likely prevent any damage if there is a freeze.
Our professionals will:
- Drain the pool down past the skimmer.
- Add the appropriate chemicals (to help ensure that algae does not grow over the winter period).
- Drain all the water out the plant room fittings.
- Take lids of the pumps and filters so that any water that does freeze has room to expand and won’t crack pumps/filters.
When Summer returns
Our engineers can come and summerise the pool. This involves connecting everything up, getting the pumps and filters back online and dosing the pool to allow you to enjoy it for the winter cover. This may also involve changing covers if you have a specific one for different season.
What about Hot Tub?
We would never recommend draining your Hot Tub down for Winter as we think it’s one of the best times of year to use them. If you do decide you aren’t going to get use out of your Hot Tub, again we recommend a professional ‘winterisation’. Alternatively you could turn the heat setting down to the lowest possible (around 27 degrees) and leave it at that with the cover on to limit energy use and prevent it from freezing in cold weather.