How to Prepare Your Pool for Fall Fast
The weather may still be warm outside, but pumpkins, leaves and cooler temperatures are on their way. However, that doesn’t mean it’s time to shut down your pool right away. In fact, you may have a few more parties to throw and cannonballs to attempt before shutting things down. To prepare for the changing seasons, follow these simple tips and ease the transition.
Work From the Outside In
Start by taking stock of the surroundings around your pool. Are there still toys, speakers and other accessories hanging around? Pick up the ones you won’t be using for the remainder of the season. Be sure to clean them before putting them away. Take inventory of any items that will need repair or replacement.
To make cleaning up the pool for winter easier, remove any fallen limbs and leaves. You’ll likely find some in and near your pool. A quick weekly cleaning will help you avoid a marathon session before winter arrives. You’ll want to do a more thorough clean up after a major thunderstorm.
Perform a Check-In
With all that summer fun, some signs of wear and tear may have gone under the radar. However, you definitely don’t want to leave those problems for next year as they might become more costly and complicated. Avoid major problems by performing a check-in.
- Algae growth
- Tears and cracks in the liner
- Poorly functioning equipment
- Surface stains
Test for pH Balance, Chlorine Levels and Alkalinity
Performing these tests is one of the first steps to shutting your pool down for the upcoming winter season. Though you may be reluctant to give up swim time, you’ll need to make these tests a priority to avoid liner and material damage later on.
Look for pH levels between 7.2 and 7.6 and test for chlorine levels at 30 parts per million. Your alkalinity levels should range from 80 to 125 parts per million. For more information on keeping your pool water balanced and healthy, reach out to us at Smith Pools.