The seasons are changing – as the leaves change colour and the temperature drops it’s a clear sign that autumn is here. That means that you need to look after your pool differently. You might not be using it as much as during the hottest part of the year but that doesn’t mean that some maintenance isn’t still required. These are our top tips for pool maintenance this autumn.
Keep up with the cleaning
It can be tempting at this time of year to just put the cover on your pool and hope for the best until next spring. Not only will this make it difficult if you want to use the pool at all during the winter months but you may also find that it’s in a bit of a state next year. Regular cleaning in autumn is particularly important if you want to ensure that your pool remains in good shape through to next year.
- Do a full pool clean. If you want to avoid algae and other similar issues when the spring arrives then a full pool clean is essential. This means removing dead leaves and debris and then emptying the pool and giving the entire thing a good scrub. Brush the floor and walls, vacuum and make sure you clean the lint and skimmer baskets too.
- Focus on the filter. The filter is a tiny, but essential, part of your pool as it keeps it clean. So, take this opportunity to give the filter some attention. Give the filter a thorough clean and make sure you clean off any grease or oil that could harden and become tough to remove over the winter. You may also want to run the pool filter, both to check that it’s working and to help distribute any chemicals you’ve just added to the water.
Monitor the chemical levels of the pool
The pH level in your pool is an essential metric to keep an eye on. It should sit somewhere between 7.2 and 7.6 but you may find that this has changed as the pool has been in frequent use during the summer months. Make sure that you take steps to correct this if it’s not within range. Another essential chemical to check is the chlorine. Depending on the type of chlorinator you’re using this should be around 2-3 PPM (parts per million). Once you’ve finished checking the chemical levels you might want to add some algaecide to help ensure your pool stays algae free over the winter.
Cover the Pool
When you’ve finished the pool maintenance make sure you cover it once again to help avoid filter-clogging debris falling in. A good cover should keep material out and also help you to retain water.
It’s a good idea to carry out regular maintenance on your pool throughout the winter, from removing debris to checking the filter and administering a shock treatment to keep the water clean. That way, when the weather warms up again, the pool will be clean and ready for use.