Our Fall Pool Care Tips
As temperatures drop in fall, you need to make some changes in how you maintain your pool. By properly preparing it for winter, you’ll not only ensure it’s ready to go in spring but prolong its useful life in the process.
Here are some general tips to consider for maintaining your pool in the fall.
Track the Weather
Naturally, seasons will change, and during this time, you need to be alert to these changes. Fall is accompanied by increased rainfall, so chemicals in the pool water will be diluted. You’ll need to monitor your pool’s water balance carefully to keep algae at bay.
Remove Leaves and Debris
In fall, debris and leaves can be disastrous for your pool filter and water quality. Make sure you skim all these leaves and other debris daily. Otherwise, you will have a green and murky pool. Additionally, the build-up of leaves at the bottom will attract the growth of algae.
Skimming the pool’s surface only takes about 10 minutes if you make it a routine.
Adjust the Pump
Decreased temperatures will affect the frequency and duration of your pool pump’s run time. You should run your pool for approximately one hour when the outside temperature is 10 degrees. If you work with this rule, your pool will be in perfect shape.
When a pool is always in use, it is hard to get repairs, let alone track any damages, but you need to routinely get the repairs done to avoid shutting down the pool or rendering it useless. Winter season is an excellent time to get a replacement on all the damages that arose over the summer.
Consider a Shock
Your pool will need a shock owing to all the variables that affect your pool during summer. Shocking occurs when high concentrations of chemicals speed up the cleaning process. This will ensure that you start with a clean slate.
Shocking is especially vital to swimming pools that are prone to low levels of cloudy water, chlorine, or algae.
Chuck in a Tennis Ball
A hot tip to keep your pool sparkling clean is throwing in a tennis ball. When swimmers exit the pool, oils get left behind like hair products, suntan lotion, or the oils produced by the skin. The fibrous covering on a tennis ball will catch any surface oils or gunk like sunscreen residue.
Keep an Eye on the Water Level
Ideally, your pool should stay at an optimum water level. As important as it is to ensure the chemical composition is right, the physical water level is equally important. After a heavy rainstorm or an afternoon of doing cannonballs, you might have to add or remove a little.
Ensure that the water level is halfway up the skimmer’s opening and use the garden hose to add more water if it is too low. Remember that the water level and chemical composition go together.
Keeping your pool in good shape does not have to be tiresome if you are aware of what needs to be done at what time. By incorporating these tips, your pool will always be ready all year round. If you don’t have time for any of the above—no worries, Smith Pools is here to help. We offer pool maintenance and winterizing services at affordable prices.