Maintaining your swimming pool in the fall

Summer is winding down, the kids are back in school and vacation time has come and gone. It’s back to reality – and part of that means dealing with a cool down in temperature and time to start thinking about closing your pool.

Today, we’ve put together a list of things you should be thinking about as the fall progresses into the winter so you can do the necessary maintenance to make sure that once the weather begins to bounce back – that your pool gets off to the best possible start to the new swimming season!

Let’s jump right in!

Early fall 

In the early fall, there’s still some time left for swimming, so chances are you’ll still be using the pool and you should be keeping the same maintenance schedule that you’ve been using in the summer.

That includes running your pump every day, cleaning with the skimmer and making sure your pump strainer basket is empty. Make sure you’re brushing algae and scrubbing pool walls where it tends to grow. Also make sure you’re checking your water to make sure you’ve got the correct chemical balance as well.

The early fall might require you be a little more on the ball – as depending on where you live, you might have to start dealing with the leaves – but for the most part – your schedule will be the same as it was in the summer.

As the fall progresses

As the temperature drops and the time for swimming comes to an end, you’ll have to make sure you’re ready to winterize your pool.

That will mean constant debris cleaning. Like we mentioned earlier, leaves are usually falling for most Americans around this time, which means it’s time for all sorts of interesting things to make their way into your pool. Make sure you’re skimming your pool daily and checking to see that filters aren’t backed up.

You’ll also want to give your pool cover a good once-over to make sure there are no tears or damage. This is especially important for protecting your pool in the winter months.

In addition it’ll sadly be time to start thinking about decreasing the pool water’s level and begin to gather your pumps, skimmers and pump baskets for winter storage.

Pool maintenance is a year-round task. Each season brings with it new tasks and challenges, but if you’re out in front of things early enough, you’ll save yourself a ton of time. In the long-run, a well maintained pool will also save you a lot of money as most expensive pool issues come about from basic neglect.

If you need help or advice on your pool’s upkeep or any maintenance products, don’t hesitate to give us a call. Good luck!

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