Six tips for fall pool maintenance
The weather is cooling, summer is ending and the leaves are falling — into your pool! Fall pool maintenance is key to keeping your pool issue free going into winter. Here are some changes and services to consider for your pool this fall.
1. General Cleaning.
Removal all pool toys. Ensure the pool is in good general order. Use your pool vacuum, brush tiles and clean the pool deck.
2. Leaves & Debris.
Fall pool cleaning involves a lot of leaf removal. When leaves accumulate in the pool, algae begins to grow and thrive. Leaves that sink to the bottom of the pool stain the flooring material.
More plant debris in the pool equals more problems, so be sure to clean your skimmer baskets more regularly, preferably every morning. Also, use a leaf net to skim leaves off the top of the water. If you have a lot of trees around your pool, keeping your pool covered while not in use can save lots of cleaning time.
3. Pool Filter.
If you’ve had a busy, high-bather load summer, it might be a good time to clean your pool filter. With the debris from falling foliage and lower temperatures, a clean filter to start of the fall season is important.
4. Heating Cycle.
It is a good idea to adjust your water’s heating cycle so your pool is comfortable for swimming. Outside temperatures are falling and so to keep costs down, cover your pool at night.
5. Pool Chemicals.
Lower water and air temperatures mean fewer chemicals needed. Monitor pH and chemical levels as the temperatures cool and adjust as needed.
6. Prepare for the early freeze.
Here in California, we don’t get many “Freezing” days. However, we do get the occasional cold front that can bring temperatures down below or at freezing for a couple of days. Freeze protect your pool: Install freeze protection controls that have a sensor that measures air temperature and runs the pool pump when a minimum temperature is reached. If you don’t want to invest in freeze protection, set up text alerts to notify you when the temperature drops to prompt you to turn on your pool pump. Leave the pump on until the temperature rises again.
No matter where you live, be sure to get on board with fall pool maintenance to ensure your pool is hassle-free going into and coming out of winter. Enjoy the beautiful fall colors, but be sure to keep those leaves out of your pool!
And of course you can always call us and we would be delighted to come ready your pool for witer.