As winter approaches in New Zealand, many pool owners might think it’s time to cover up and forget about their pools until summer. However, proper winter pool care is crucial to ensure your pool stays in top condition. At Affordable Pools, we believe that a little effort during winter can save you a lot of hassle and expense later on. Here are our top tips for maintaining your pool throughout winter.
1. Maintain Proper Water Levels
Keep an eye on water levels, even in winter. Evaporation still occurs, and low water levels can damage the pump and filtration system. Ensure the water level is halfway up the skimmer opening.
2. Balance Water Chemistry
Regularly test and balance the water’s pH, alkalinity, and calcium hardness levels. Proper balance prevents damage to the pool’s surface and equipment. Aim for a pH level of 7.2 to 7.8, alkalinity of 80 to 120 ppm, and calcium hardness of 200-400 ppm.
3. Run the Pump
Run your pool pump for a few hours each day to keep the water circulating and prevent stagnation. Circulating water also helps distribute any chemicals you add.
4. Clean the Pool Regularly
Regularly skim the surface and vacuum the pool to keep it clean. This prevents debris build-up that can cause staining and algae growth.
5. Cover Your Pool
A high-quality pool cover keeps debris out, reduces evaporation, and helps maintain water temperature. Ensure the cover is securely fastened and in good condition.
6. Inspect Equipment
Winter is a great time to inspect your pool equipment, including the pump, filter, and heater. Look for signs of wear or damage and perform necessary maintenance or repairs.
7. Consider a Winterising Service
Consider hiring a professional winterising service. At Affordable Pools, our technicians can prepare your pool for winter, ensuring it’s ready for use when summer returns.
Caring for your pool during winter ensures its longevity and performance. By following these tips, you can prevent costly repairs and maintain water quality, ensuring your pool is ready for summer. Contact Affordable Pools today to learn more about our maintenance services for a worry-free winter season.

Affordable Pools is a leading New Zealand company specialising in the construction and installation of custom in-ground fiberglass pools as well as prefabricated in-ground fiberglass pools. With a nationwide reach, Affordable Pools is renowned for its high-quality craftsmanship and commitment to delivering luxurious and durable pool solutions tailored to each client’s unique preferences and needs. Their expert team ensures a seamless process from design to installation, providing exceptional service and innovative pool designs that enhance outdoor living spaces across the country. As leaders in the industry, Affordable Pools is dedicated to creating beautiful, functional, and affordable swimming pools that bring joy and relaxation to New Zealand homes.