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and apply Swimmer ‘Filter Cleaner’,
available in a conveniently measured one
Copper algaecides and pH levels
litre bottle that efficiently cleans the sand Copper is a well established and excellent long lasting algae control product.
media to remove grease, oils and dirt Acidic pH waters generally hold minerals (including copper) and salts in solution.
accumulated during the season. Alkaline waters, especially over 7.6 tend to lead to copper staining as minerals (including
The water should be tested and copper) and scale come out of solution.
balanced accordingly, after which any When adjusting pH upwards whether purposefully or indirectly (e.g. when using shock
Swimmer granular chlorine products can products), sometimes unused copper can precipitate out and cause greening to the pool
be applied to shock dose the pool. water. This is not slimy and therefore should not be mistaken as algae.
Treat the water with Swimmer Bear in mind that rainwater dilution is inclined to be acidic, whilst sodium and calcium
‘Wintertime Algaecide’, either in its hypochlorite products, often used to shock, are alkaline.
standard form or copper-free, which is
specially formulated to inhibit the growth
of algae during the winter months. reopen the pool, it is highly likely that it will advantages, particularly for owners who
Ensure the pool has a good quality have heavy algae bloom and staining,” he prefer a low maintenance approach to
cover to help keep debris out. Golden adds. “This being the case, it would take their pool.
Coast offers two high quality winter debris longer, with more vacuuming, chemicals and “A good debris cover will help keep the
covers, the Swimmer ‘Classic’ and fresh water, to make the pool safe, water clean over the winter months,”
‘Superweb’, each manufactured from appealing and ready for swimming.” explains Mandy Kelsey of Summit Leisure.
tough woven black or green material. With thoughts tuning to the onset of “However, a safety cover can provide
To prepare a pool for the next season winter, Certikin is offering a range of peace of mind for the owner. Not only will
and provide profitable work for pool special offers for its chemical range as it it keep out unwanted vermin and wildlife,
engineers at a quieter time of the year, urges the trade to take more time and more importantly, it will make the area safe
retro-fitting a MultiCyclone in-line pre-filter effort to get the right action in place for for children.”
between the pump and sand or cartridge over wintering pools. The promise of less maintenance is an
filter can save customer’s money by There are a wide range of companies, attractive one, and a good selling point,
reducing the amount of metered water including Biolab and Arch Chemicals who too, as Dave Jeffrey at Dripool will testify.
used, a saving that continues year-on-year. are very active in this sector, and can also “With an automatic cover, you don’t have
It is important to stress the necessity of provide advice and information to pool to do very much,” he says. “Rainwater can
pre-winter treatment, agrees Mark Rowlands owners on this issue. freeze, which can be a problem, but you
of Certikin. “If preventative measures are not Pool covers are a key addition for the don’t need to drain the pool. The cover
carried out, when the owner comes to autumn, and have a number of distinct prevents the water from getting in.”
A safety cover can provide peace of mind for the owner over the winter
months. Not only will it keep out unwanted vermin and wildlife and
vegetation , more importantly, it will make the area safe for children
ALTHOUGH THE PROCESS IS RELATIVELY STRAIGHTFORWARD,
MANY POOL OWNERS NEED HELP, SO IT IS USEFUL TO BE ON
HAND TO ADVISE ON WHICH TYPE OF TREATMENT TO USE
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