Guide To Fall Pool CareDate: September 1, 2017 Tags: fall / helpful info / pool care / pool maintenance / tips
As summer comes to a close and the leaves begin to fall, your pool will need a little extra care this season. Here is some helpful info on how to care for your pool in the fall.
Regardless of where you live, it’s likely that during the approaching season you will begin to use your pool less frequently, even if you aren’t quite ready to close your pool yet. This is a great time to give your pool a thorough cleaning. Put away, or lessen the amount of, pool toys or clutter you have out. Check the pool for any cracks or other signs of damage you may need to tend to before winter – especially if you live in a colder climate or will be away for some time and plan to close the pool soon. Give the pool and surrounding area a good cleaning – vacuum the pool, brush tiles, and clean the deck or surrounding area. Beginning the season with a clean filter is important, especially if you have had high traffic in the pool this summer. Your filter will need to work a little harder to keep your pool clean as more debris enters the pool at this time.
Leaves in your pool are not only unsightly – they are a potential breeding ground for algae, they can stain the floor of the pool if left sitting on the bottom, and can cause the filter to become clogged. Be vigilant in using your leaf net or leaf rake to remove floating leaves before they settle, and clean your skimmer baskets more frequently. If you live in an area with a large amount of trees and foliage, you might want to consider investing in a robotic pool cleaner to save some valuable time.
Lower temperatures will mean a change in the amount of chemicals you’ll need to use, so keep a close eye on your pH levels to ensure you maintain the proper balance. As your pool begins to be used less frequently, you’ll be able to reduce the amount of time your pool pump runs by about 50%. Check with a professional if you are unsure when this change should be made according to where you live and the current temperatures to avoid a spike in algae growth. If you are still using your pool adjust your heating cycle for comfort, and consider covering the pool at night when the air becomes cooler.
If you plan to close your pool for a colder climate or inactivity, prepare by adjusting your pH level to 7.2-7.8. Shock the pool and run the filter for 24 to 48 hours. Consult your manufacturer’s directions or a local professional for directions on lowering your pool’s water level. While some pools may need to be completely drained, this is not the usual case. Turn off the filter pump, drain pump, and heater, and shut off the power at the circuit breakers. Remove your slide or diving board if applicable, and store them for the winter. Inspect your pool cover to be sure it is clean and undamaged. Cover the pool securely so that the edge of the cover is sealed to prevent wind getting underneath.
Properly caring for your pool now, despite the extra added effort will ensure your pool is in the best possible shape and ready for you to enjoy when the warmer weather returns!