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…and three points to
stress that the winter months are the time
when all year round swimming comes a
remember
real pleasure. “With an enclosure, you can
swim for 12 months of the year – all day,
The message from experts Complete every day, if you want,” she says.
Pool Controls is straightforward: According to a growing number of
retailers and manufacturers, the look of the
Balancing Act – in soft water areas re- pool enclosure is, in itself, of huge
check and balance calcium hardness importance. With consumers increasingly
to a minimum 200ppm. aware of good design, these spaces are
often viewed not just as a practical
Dilution by rain – use a pre-filled structure, but as an ‘outdoor room’.
chlorine floater (set at low) and top up “These are not unattractive buildings,”
your winterising algaecide in January. continues Michaels. “People kit them out
with tables, chairs and barbecues and use
Minimise frost damage – float a the space as an extended room or area for
couple of items in the pool and one in entertaining friends and family.”
the skimmer (e.g. old chemical Recent developments in technology have
container weighted with a few stones led to increasingly sophisticated pool
to partially submerge). This avoids structures being built. The attractive designs
pressure on pool sides when ice forms. supplied by Pool Cover International, for
example, are telescopic, and can be moved
over the pool using toughened nylon wheels.
manufacturers of the Endless Summer This gives the user the flexibility to cover the FURTHER INFORMATION
enclosure. “Not only does it provide a pool during winter or open it completely in ARQUALAND
protective swimming environment, the user the warmer months of the year.
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gains all the benefits of an indoor pool, With the year entering its final quarter,
CERTIKIN NORTH
thus achieving the best of both worlds.” outdoor swimming may no longer be the
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The company’s products can be made to first thing on people’s minds, but there is
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suit any size of pool, from small domestic still plenty that can be done to care and
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setups through to large commercial maintain these facilities, and this offers a
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projects. In addition, Certikin has recently significant variety of marketing
DRIPOOL
introduced two dedicated spa enclosures, opportunities to the trade. Whatever the
( 02380 663131
which it considers an attractive garden specialist area of your business, this is the
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feature in their own right. The structures time to inform and educate on the
GOLDEN COAST
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aluminium framework, with a wood effect thing is for sure, your customers will POOL COVER INTERNATIONAL
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Estelle Michaels of Arqualand prefers to repair bills come springtime. spn
“MY FOOLPROOF PLAN OF ACTION”
Pool Manager Ian Boulton has been shutting down outdoor commercial
pools and lidos for over 20 years. It is he says just a question of systems
and the right products
“The first step you need to take care of is water in your swimming pool. let a person or even a pet on the cover.
the water. You need to start by checking If you used a summer cover, give it good Once you are done with the cover, you
your pH level and making sure that it is cleaning using fresh water or a pressure need to take care of the equipment. You
approximately 7.5. washer. Once you have cleaned it have to drain the water from your pump,
Next, you need to check your thoroughly, put it in your building or filter and heater. Every one have a drain
chlorine as well. You should use a garage and take out a winter cover. When plug located someplace near the
winterising product to ensure that your putting your winter cover on the pool, bottom, which makes it easy to drain the
pool will be protected from algae ensure that there is enough tension on the water out.
during winter months. cover. This will prevent anything from Do not forget to do this, as the water
During these cold months, you have to getting under it. will freeze inside of your equipment
run your pump for about six hours every You need to check the pool cover several during the winter months and cause
day, in order to prevent the algae from days a week to make sure that it is still permanent damage.
settling in. tight. Tell your family and friends that you Once you are finished preparing your
Next, check for any types of leaks as have closed your pool down for the winter, swimming pool for the winter months,
well. Switch your skimmer valve off and and that they should not be close to it. you can relax knowing that your
let the water drain to about six inches Most pool covers are designed to protect swimming pool is properly protected.
below the skimmer’s bottom. Doing this, your pool; they are not made for safety. In Check on it every several days to make
you will have the preferred amount of no way, under any circumstances should you sure that nothing has happened.”
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