With the weather starting to cool off, you might not be spending as much time in the pool anymore.
Before you close up for next summer, it’s important to go through a cleaning and maintenance checklist for the fall. This will help ensure that your pool is in good condition and will be ready to go when the warm weather returns.
Don’t miss any of these crucial steps…
Best 4 Ways To Prepare Your Pool For Fall
- Gather leaves and debris
- Clean the filter
- Monitor chemical levels
- Winterize your pool
Let’s take a look at each of these 4 ways for preparing your pool for this fall…
Gather leaves and debris
The first step is to gather any leaves and debris that have fallen into the pool. Algae will grow and thrive when you let leaves accumulate in the pool. Any leaves that sink to the bottom of the pool can also stain the flooring material.
Use a leaf net to remove leaves from the surface of the water and then use a brush to scrub away any debris that’s clinging to the sides or bottom of the pool.
If you have a lot of trees around your pool, you might want to consider investing in a robotic pool cleaner that can do the work for you.
Clean the filter
If you used your pool a lot this summer, it’s a good idea to clean out the filter. A dirty filter can’t do its job properly and will put unnecessary strain on your pool’s pump.
Depending on the type of filter you have, you might need to do a deep clean or simply replace the filter cartridge.
Plus any falling leaves and debris can clog the filters. Start the new season off right and make sure that filter is as good as new.
If you’re not sure how to clean your filter, consult the owner’s manual or contact our professional team for assistance.
Monitor chemical levels
As the air and water temperatures begin to lower, you won’t need to use as many chemicals in your pool. But it’s still important to monitor the levels and make sure they’re balanced. Properly balanced chemicals are key to keeping your pool water clean and clear.
An imbalance in chemicals can lead to problems like scaling, corrosion, and cloudy water. That’s why you should monitor pH and chemical levels as the temperatures cool and adjust as needed. If the pH levels are too high or too low, it can be damaging to your pool and cause problems with the filtration system.
To test the pH levels, you can use a pool test kit or take a sample of water to your local pool supply store.
Winterize your pool
The first big freeze can happen unexpectedly and as an NJ resident, you may want to partially winterize your pool during the fall, or if winter is approaching quickly, fully winterize your pool.
Partial winterization includes removing the ladder, diving board, and slide. You should also lower the water level to below the skimmer.
Fully winterizing your pool includes all of the steps for partial winterization, plus draining the entire pool.
You should also add a non-toxic antifreeze to all exposed lines, including the pump, filter, and heater. This will help protect your pool from any damage that can be caused by freezing temperatures.
These are just a few of the ways you can prepare your pool for fall. By taking these steps now, you’ll be able to enjoy your pool for many years to come.
Want to know more about preparing your pool for a change in season?
Reach out to our professional team and we’ll answer any of your questions.