WINTERISING YOUR POOL
Winterisation: General principles
When the water temperature drops below 14°C, it's time to winterise your pool. By winterising it, you can prevent frost-related issues.
Winterisation is a vital maintenance task. It is important to take care over it. If you do, it'll be very easy to reactivate your pool in spring.
Equipment required: a sufficient quantity of floats, skimmer guards and expansion plugs (if required for the filtration interface type), strap wrenches, tongue-and-groove pliers, pool winterising chemicals.
How to winterise your pool
- Brush the basin thoroughly.
- Check that the pH is balanced.
- Close the skimmer and vacuum point valves, but leave the main drain valve open.
- Using the filter's waste water outlet, lower the water level below the return inlets.
- This cannot be done if a slatted cover is installed (see below).
- If you have a sand filter, clean the sand when you drain the pool.
- Pour winterising chemicals all round the basin.
- Leave the filtration pump to mix the chemicals for half an hour.
- During this time, arrange a line of floats diagonally across the basin. Floats compensate for frost onset.
- If required, clean the waterline while winterising your pool.
If you have an equipment unit (BT60 or BT25)
- Switch off the pump.
- Remove the valves from the equipment unit.
- Remove the skimmer baskets. Store everything carefully in your equipment box.
If you have a filtration panel or shell fittings
- Switch off the pump.
- Remove the skimmer baskets and store them in your equipment box.
- Screw a skimmer guard inside each skimmer.
- Place expansion plugs in the return inlets and vacuum point. This will isolate the pipes when the water level rises due to rainfall (this is not necessary if the pump is higher than the normal water level).
(It is strictly prohibited to break any ice forming on the pool. This would tear the liner, invalidating the warranty.)
- Clean all stainless steel components (equipment unit, connectors, etc.) using the stainless steel cleaning kit.
- Place a winter cover over your pool.
The equipment box
- Disconnect the entire system from the mains.
- Open all upper and lower bleed valves: filter, filtration pumps, endless pool machine and water curtain, heat pump, brominator, shower.
- Open the pump and filter covers to create an air vent.
- If your pool is equipped with a sand filter, position the 6-position valve between two positions. This will protect the internal seal against frost if any water is left in it.
- Store all plugs in the pump pre-filter basket.
- Open all the removable unions at the inlets and outlets of the filter, pumps and heat pump.
- Ensure that water has been drained from all the pipes.
- Remove the filter manometer and put it in a place that is protected from frost.
- If your system is equipped with a pH controller, you must store the probe in a place protected from frost, but leave its bulb in the water. Failure to comply with this instruction will invalidate the warranty for the probe.
- In general, refer to the manuals for the various devices when performing the required operations.
Pool with slatted cover
The steps that need to be taken are mostly the same, but:
- Do not lower the water level.
- If there is no overflow, regularly monitor the water level to ensure it does not cause the slatted cover to rise higher than normal.
- Position floats on any exposed areas near the motor, between slats and at the edge of the basin (these should be placed below the slats if you have a pit-mounted slatted cover).
- Disconnect the power to the automatic filling system and place a skimmer guard in the tank.
All necessary equipment for winterising your Piscinelle pool can be found at www.piscinelle-accessoires.com.
Do you need any advice or further information? Contact us on +33 (0)1 34 38 04 93 or email sav@Piscinelle.com
Last updated on 06/12/2021
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