How to Prepare Your Pool for Fall

Autumn Leaves

Fall brings about many things that you can enjoy; cooler temperatures and changing foliage. However, for the pool owner, it also brings those pesky falling leaves, acorns and pecans. Many of these things upset the water balance in the swimming pool and can cause plaster staining.

As you prepare for the Fall season, here are a few things you should know about your swimming pool that can minimize the wear and tear on your investment.

Maintain the Proper Water Level

If your pool isn’t equipped with an autofill, you need to make sure that you add water as needed for the normal evaporation. Often, pool owners forget because they are spending less time outdoors during Fall and Winter. When the water level is too low, and the skimmer is sucking air, this could cause damage to your pool equipment. The ideal water level in a pool is to the middle of the waterline tile.

Ensure That Your Skimmer Weir Is Working Properly

Skimmer weirs are the plastic flap at the opening of the skimmer which controls the water flow into the skimmer and when the pump is off keeps debris from re-entering the pool after it has been pulled into the skimmer. A pool without Skimmer Weir will inevitably end up with more debris for the pool cleaner and bottom drain. Verify that the skimmer weir is in place, operating properly and without damage. Weirs can often get stuck due to Fall debris which can hinder the operation of your pool and water circulation.

Pumps and Equipment

Check your equipment pad periodically to ensure that there is no bush, fallen debris or leaves gathering around your pumps as they need breathing room. Keep this pad clean and the area well-trimmed. Your pump basket should be emptied as needed according to the environment of your pool. During Fall, heavily treed landscaping may mean that the pump basket must be emptied daily. Allowing the pump basket to fill without emptying it can lead to poor circulation and cause your pump to overheat.

Skimmer Baskets 

During this time of the year, it makes sense to empty the debris from skimmer baskets frequently preventing any damage to skimmers, weirs, pipes, pump and other pool equipment. Ensure that they are emptied before they get full. Even if you have a pool service provider, it will be necessary for you to empty skimmer baskets in between their visit if your pool environment has several trees, bushes and plant material nearby. Ensure that your skimmer basket doesn’t float. We recommend a weighted basket. If your basket isn’t weighted, a rock can be used. Make sure that it’s heavy enough to keep the basket seated properly. And, don’t accidentally throw it out when you are emptying the leaves.

Contact Us for More Tips & Take Advantage of Our Fall Specials

Falling leaves and debris can be a hassle. To protect your pool investment, a little extra effort is required to ensure Fall debris doesn’t damage it. Other Fall pool care tips include a freeze guard check and heater tune up. Call us regarding Fall specials.

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