Our Top Fall Above Ground Pool Tips

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Our Top Fall Above Ground Pool Tips

Summer may be over, but that doesn’t mean there is any less pool maintenance work. Pool maintenance is a year-round chore and particularly important in the fall because that’s when leaves fall. With extra care, you can keep your above ground pool in the best condition.

Check out our handy above ground pool tips for fall.

Swimming pool filter

There is no better time to clean the pool filter, especially if the summer was a busy and your pool got a lot of use. The best cleaning method depends on the type of filter you have, whether it be sand, diatomaceous earth (DE), or cartridge. If using a cartridge filter, remove and replace it or backwash it. Cleaning a sand filter is more involving. You can backwash it when the pool water starts turning cloudy. With a DE filter, you can either backwash or chemically clean it.

Leaves and debris

Cleaning in the fall involves removal of leaves and debris. Left to accumulate, they can encourage algae growth. Leaves that make it to the pool floor may end up staining it. Be sure to clean the skimmer baskets regularly. Use a leaf net to skim the floating leaves, and if not using the pool, covering it will save you a good deal of time.

Swimming pool heater

If you have a heater in your pool, get in touch with our team, and have it serviced. Months’ worth of calcium buildup can make pool heaters less efficient. With temperatures dropping in fall and harsh winter coming up, a fully functional heater is crucial. Make sure your heater is up to the challenge. Servicing it ensures it remains operational.

Water chemistry

Water chemistry is one of the most significant aspects of pool maintenance. Sanitizers ought to be at constant levels to maintain the ideal water chemistry. It is best if you also shock the pool every two weeks. Combined with adding algaecide, it helps combat algae growth.

Remember to monitor and maintain the PH balance. Otherwise, the sanitizer won’t be as effective as it should be. The ideal water chemistry should be 80-120 ppm alkalinity, 2.0-4.0 chlorine, 7.2-7.6 PH, and 250-400 ppm calcium. Test these levels once a week to ensure a stable environment.

Shock treatments

If you want to prevent the buildup of debris, kill stubborn algae, oxidize organic contaminants, or prevent chloramine contamination, you must perform shock treatments. They can also help eliminate contaminants like body fluids, sunscreen, and hair products. Depending on the nature of your pool, you can go for chlorinated or non-chlorinated shock treatments.


Do you live in a freezing area? Winterizing your pool is something you need to do as soon as the summer ends. Store the ladder, cleaning supplies, and chemicals in a warm place. Run the filter for an hour before draining the pool. Clean and dry the pool, hoses, and filters. Remove and store all loose items in a dry place then cover the pool with a year-round cover for added protection. 

Pool walls

A bump or dent on the walls of an above ground pool can cause severe damage. Observe kids when they play with bicycles or tricycles in the pool area. Repeated hitting of the pool walls—by toys and balls— could cause damage. Additionally, you should avoid sitting or standing on the top rail. Keep the trees in your yard trimmed and monitor any loose branches.

If you need some help with fall maintenance or winterization, give us a call. Smith Pools can help.

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