Preparing Your Pool for Fall

by Pool Builders on 10-12-2011 in Articles

As summer draws to a close, it's time to start getting your pool ready for the chilly autumn season. It is important to hibernate your pool during the winter months, as exposing your pool to the elements throughout the cold season can not only render the water unusable the following year but also cause damage to various components and overall pool structure. Don't wait until autumn is in full swing before you begin to thing about getting your pool ready for winter.

Clean the pool: Tree leaves, dust and debris not only make your pool look bad; they can also cause damage. Furthermore, if left in your pool for too long, they will begin to decompose and cause bacteria and algae to develop in your pool.

Perform shock treatment: In order to help your pool get through the cold season, it is important to perform a shock treatment. To keep the water in perfect condition, it is also important to add other necessary chemicals in the correct quantities. If the water is in perfect condition before you close your pool, it will require very little effort to get the pool in full swing next summer.

Power off your equipment: Clean out and disconnect the pump, pool filter and skimmer baskets, and be sure to turn off all equipment, such as timers, heaters or cleaning robots. Don't forget to empty the pipe so that you don't run the risk of damaging your pool structure if the water freezes.

Reduce the water level of the pool: Water expands at low temperatures. If you do not reduce the water level of your pool, you run the risk of damaging the tiles and the plastic part of the skimmer if the water freezes over.

Cover the pool: Falling leaves are a hallmark of autumn, but if they fall into your pool, they can clog your filters and cause other problems. Covering your pool is the sure way to keep leaves, trash and debris from getting into your pool and fostering unsanitary conditions. It is a good idea to invest in a sturdy, durable pool cover that won't tear easily.

Preparing your pool for the fall can be a tedious process, but it is a very important one. If you want to be sure that your pool is properly shut down for the winter but do not have the time or energy to do so yourself, you can always hire a pool service company to help you with the process. They can prepare your pool for winter, reopen it in the spring, and provide regular maintenance year-round to keep things running smoothly.

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