Autumn pool care tips from Swimart
While it still might be warm enough to swim in your part of the world, now is the time to think about ‘winterising’ your pool. Autumn usually means putting a blanket on the bed, bringing warm clothes out of storage, and making some adjustments to your pool care regime.
Pools require more chemicals and attention in summer, so it makes sense to reduce your maintenance regime in the cooler months. Less bather load and evaporation means less chlorine to kill contaminants, and less time required to run the filter (hello reduced power bills!).
Autumn, however, does bring its own challenges such increased leaf litter, which can stain the bottom of your pool if left too long. So even though you might not be using the pool much over the coming months, particularly if you don’t have a pool heater, you still need to get out there and regularly empty skimmer baskets, skim the surface of your pool, and inspect your pool filter system.
Swimart’s top 10 autumn pool care tips
Your autumn pool care plan will depend on the type of pool you own; however, these 10 tips will help keep your pool clean and healthy this autumn:
- Decrease pool filter running hours from 8 to 3-4 hours a day
- Check your filter and change the running mode from summer to winter
- Regularly check sanitiser levels, ideally on a weekly basis
- Check the pH every fortnight, and maintain between 7.2 and 7.8. Use Aqua-Health pH increaser or pH decreaser to adjust pH if necessary
- Check Total Alkalinity fortnightly (Not sure what this is? Then read this.)
- Thoroughly skim the pool surface of leaves and debris, and regularly clean the pool and vacuum the walls and floor every few weeks (or more often if needed)
- Regularly check pool equipment is working properly, looking out for water leaks and strange sounds
- Use a shock treatment throughout winter. Once appropriate levels have been added, run both the pump and filter for several hours to ensure it has been well distributed
- Use an algaecide that’s appropriate for your pool. (Here’s a description of the four common types of algae and how to treat them.)
- Use a pool cover when the pool is not in use to prevent water loss and stop debris from contaminating water. Just remember to take it off regularly to visually check the clarity of your pool water
It’s easy being green
Wet weather brings out all sorts of wildlife, frogs and toads included. Unfortunately, many end up falling into pools where they are poisoned by chlorine, which is quickly absorbed into their bloodstream through their permeable skin.
To prevent this from happening, keep an eye out for frogs – or any other species – by scooping them out, or creating a physical barrier that deters or prevents them from jumping in.
For example, this ingenious product called the Frog Log is a simple, cost effective device, that allows most small animals to escape from pool water should they fall, fly or jump in. Perhaps it will inspire you to create something similar for your swimming pool?