7 tips for autumn pool maintenance
Every year, thousands of new pools are built in Aussie backyards – and we are already leading the way worldwide for having the highest number of residential pools!
If you are one of the lucky ones that possess a pool of your own, then no doubt you have made the most of the summer just gone and are preparing to wind down as we head into cooler weather.
While some may miss their regular dips in the backyard pool, the good news is that autumn and winter are generally the time of year when your pool will need less maintenance overall due to infrequent usage, lower humidity and temperatures. And who doesn’t like taking a job off their to-do list?
The key to successful autumn maintenance is preparing your pool for the cooler months, and if you barely use your pool during this time, then you are essentially readying it for ‘hibernation’.
Keep your pool in top shape this autumn with these easy tips and hints:
First things first – test your pool water for any mineral or pH imbalances and treat any problems with the appropriate chemicals.
This is a crucial step in preparing your pool for winter, as any existing problems will be exacerbated if left untreated through the cold and wet season.
Reduce running times
Because of the reduced bather load, your pool water doesn’t need to be as continuously filtered and circulated as much as it does during the height of summer.
You should only need to run the pump and filter between four and eight hours a day during the cooler months – which is great news for those that still manually turn these devices on and off.
If you have an automated control system for your pump, filter and/cleaner, make sure you change the daily program accordingly. This small alteration saves on energy use and subsequent bills!
Lower chemical use
Again, because of less frequent use, you may find you need less pool chemicals during autumn and winter.
However, if you constantly heat your pool to keep it a warmer temperature, and/or continue to use the pool almost as regularly as you would during summer, then your chemical use may not change a large degree, if at all.
Stick to regular maintenance
While you can reduce the overall amount of time you spend maintaining your pool during autumn and winter, it is still essential to check your pool water chemistry every week to ensure you catch any potential problems before they become a serious problem.
Keeping up regular doses of sanitiser are also crucial (unless you have an automated system that takes care of this for you).
Investing in a good quality pool cover can save you a lot of maintenance all year round, but especially so in autumn. By providing a physical barrier between the pool water and the surrounding environment, you can kiss goodbye to spending hours with the leaf scooper.
It is especially handy for those who like to continue to use their pool well into autumn with the help of a gas, solar or electric heating system. A pool cover will reduce the running costs of your pool heating by trapping the heat where you want it – in the water!
If you would really like to start the new season with a clean slate, consider a shock treatment for your pool. Shocking is essentially when you administer a much larger dose of sanitiser than normal.
It is very helpful for pools that seem prone to low levels of chlorine, or to other problems like algae blooms or cloudy water.
Note that shocking is not necessary if you have a salt chlorinator or another alternative form of sanitisation system.
Across each area of Australia the climate does differ, however, autumn is generally known for being quite wet and potentially stormy. Part of your autumn maintenance can include preparing your pool for storms, which can save you time and stress later when a storm hits unexpectedly.
- Always make sure pool toys are removed and put away in a secure place
- Inspect pool furniture to ensure it is sturdy and unable to be blown away if the wind picks up
- Repair and/or remove loose pavers from the pool area
- Check the pool gates lock properly, the same for any chemical storage sheds