Summer is coming to an end, which means fall is just around the corner! With kids heading back to school and the change in weather, your pool won’t be getting as much use as it did a few weeks ago. With a little planning, you’ll be able to enjoy your pool through the autumn months. With a few simple steps, you will be able to prepare your pool for fall.
Now that your pool isn’t getting as much action, it’s important to make sure you’re still keeping it clean and debris-free! You’re looking at a lot of leaf removal. With the changing of the season comes the dropping of leaves, which will inevitably end up in your pool.
It’s important to clean out your pool multiple times a week. A buildup of leaves can clog your filter, stain your pool floor, and cause a host of algae and bacteria to grow. Fall pool maintenance is all about making sure leaves don’t accumulate! If you cover up your pool without making sure it’s pristine and clean, next summer will be a much more difficult cleaning job.
If your pool has seen a lot of action over the summer, it’s going to be a good idea to check your filter. Starting off the autumn season with a clean filter can’t hurt. With all the gunk from falling foliage, you’ll definitely want to check more regularly throughout the season.
Keeping your pool covered when not in use will cut down on the time you spend having to clear out leaves, dirt, and debris from the changing season. Using a pool cover at night will ensure that your pool is not only clean but will also help to keep your pool water warmer. Swimming in the fall is still possible and even enjoyable if the water isn’t too cold.
With the changing of temperatures, you’ll want to monitor and adjust your pump as needed. Fall pool maintenance includes checking the weather to see how the decreasing temps will affect how long you’ll need to run the pool pump. Most pool owners will run their pump for 1 hour for every 10 degrees the outside temperature reaches. For example, if the day is in the 70s, you’d want to run your pump for 7 hours.
It’s important to prepare your pool for fall because that will ensure that the winter months will be easier and relatively hassle-free. Enjoy the fall colors, but keep those leaves out of your pool!
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