Preparing Your Pool For Autumn

When leaves turn a lovely shade of red, orange, yellow, magenta, and all the beautiful colors associated with Fall, the weather is cooling, summer is ending and the leaves are falling — into your pool!  then you know that swimming season is over. 

 Here are some changes and services to consider for your pool this fall.

  • Clean and Store Pool Accessories

Now that you know the pool won’t be in use almost every day, it’s a good idea to start putting pool toys and floating devices away. Make sure you thoroughly clean them before storing them.

  •  Leaves & Debris

If you allow leaves to accumulate in your pool, rest assured bacteria and algae will grow and thrive in it. Not cleaning out leaves weekly, and sometimes multiple times per week, can also starve your pool pump of water and cause it to burn up requiring an expensive repair.

  • Clean Your 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 the fall season is important.

  • Water Level and pH Should be Just Right

Using a pool cover to prevent leaves, dirt, and other debris from falling in the pool during the fall and winter months is a good strategyBefore a pool cover is put in place, and make sure that the water level is just right. This will depend on a lot of factors, such as pool lining material, pool finish, what type of cover you are using, and the like. Lower water and air temperatures mean fewer chemicals are needed. Monitor pH and chemical levels as the temperatures cool and adjust as needed.
  • Prepare for the early freeze

f you live in a colder climate, the first freeze of winter can happen early and unexpectedly.  Depending on how far north you live, you may want to partially winterize your pool or if winter is imminent, go ahead and fully winterize your pool.

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!