As temperatures begin to drop and the leaves begin to change colors, it is important to also make changes to how you maintain your pool. Proper maintenance during the fall months means less work in the spring to get your pool ready for use.
Here are some of our favorite tips and tricks for fall pool maintenance:
Regular removal of leaves and other debris is key to keeping your pool maintained. Not only are leaves in your pool unsightly, but they can also increase bacteria and algae growth in your pool. If you are planning on keeping your pool uncovered, we recommend routine surface skimming and cleaning your skimmer baskets throughout the fall season to prevent murky water and staining on the bottom of your pool.
Pool Pump Adjustment
You may not know that the lower fall temperatures affect the duration you should run your pool pump each day. A good rule of thumb is to run your pump for 1 hour for every 10 degrees (F) the outside temperature is. Our expert pool service technicians can advise you on what pump settings are best for your pool.
Check and Balance Chemical and Chlorine Levels
The changing weather can affect the pH balance of your pool water. It is important to continue to monitor pH levels throughout the fall season and add chemicals as needed to maintain a proper pH between 7.2 and 7.4. Doing so will prevent issues with water cloudiness, corrosion, and scale.
In addition to pH, you will also want to monitor chlorine levels in your pool. Your pool actually needs less chlorine during the fall than the spring and summer seasons. We recommend targeting chlorine levels between 1 and 3 ppm. This is especially important if you plan on covering your pool because chlorine can degrade the cover.
Contact a Pool Service and Repair Expert
Reduced usage of your pool during the fall season makes it an excellent time to get your pool evaluated and serviced by an expert pool technician. Taking care of repairs during the off-season means more time to enjoy your pool in the spring and summer. Our technicians at Aquanomics Pools would be happy to come out and evaluate your pool’s needs and recommend any repairs and maintenance required. Contact us today to learn more about what we can do for your pool.