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4 Tips and Tricks to Keeping a Healthy Pool in the Fall

The Factors of Fall

  • Less sunlight
  • Decreased temperatures
  • Less pool use
  • More leaves and debris

The Autumn Maintenance Effects

The factors of fall are pretty obvious, but many people struggle with how these factors relate to their pool maintenance.

Having less sunlight means your pool should require less chemicals as the chlorine doesn’t have as many microorganisms to break down. It’s still important to check your chemical levels once a week to ensure balance.

A decrease in temperature affects how long you should run your pool’s pump each day. A good rule to follow is run your pump 1 hour for every 10 degrees of temperature outside. So if the high for the day is 70, run your pump 7 hours.

While using your pool less is easier on chemicals, the lack of activity can easily lead to debris build-up. Regular water movement helps debris filter through your pump, but unless you know a brave cold water swimmer you will have to brush and vacuum your pool more often to clean unwanted dirt build-up.

The biggest effect of fall is the increase in leaves and debris in your pool. You know that nice tree that provided a nice shade and looked great all summer? It’s about to turn on you and send piles of leaves in to your pool. The key to fall pool maintenance is emptying skimmer baskets regularly, netting leaves and vacuuming on a consistent basis. Ignoring leaves on the bottom of the pool can cause stains and wear down your pool equipment so be sure to clean these out.

The Final Fall Thoughts

Although the summer swims are over, taking care of your pool in the fall should not be overlooked. Abandoning your pool can lead to larger future problems and headaches. If you’re sick of the sticks, want to leave the leaves behind or simply just need help caring for your pool, contact Pool Refs. We’ll get you on a weekly or bi-weekly plan to ensure the health of your pool and keep you work free!

Call today at (469) 215-7733!