How to Take Care of Your Pool All Year Long

Posted by Dwane Crews on Friday, August 31st, 2018 at 12:44pm.

How to Take Care of Your Pool All Year Long

Sadly, summer is coming to an end. The days will soon get shorter and the nights will get cooler. Even if you’re one of the brave souls swimming during the cold seasons, you’ll need to take special care of your pool to ensure it stays in tip-top shape.

Let’s first start with how to take care of your pool during autumn. During fall, make sure you’re checking your pool’s baskets and cleaner bags. Leaves and debris from nearby trees will be falling and they’ll fill up a lot faster than they do in the summer. A skimmer net can also help keep your pool clean when the seasons change.

Contrary to what you’ve heard, it’s not always best to keep your pool covered. Realtor.com advise covering it if leaves or debris are a huge problem or if temperatures are consistently 32 degrees or below. They do advise completely closing the pool from winter if it’s going to be really cold but make sure to clean it first. Winterizing your equipment can also help, but make sure to do it before the first freeze.

When winter draws nearer, it’s really important to check on your system. You want to help keep it from freezing as long as possible. Check your pipes and any motors, Drain the water from the pump, filter and heater and drain the water below the skimmer by a few inches.

Midway through the winter, you can take care of your pool by adding an algaecide. Swim University recommends using one that stays in the water for a while to help keep the algae away.

If you want more tips on maintaining your pool in the fall and winter, head to Realtor.com and Swim University. They'll also have tips on how to transition from winter to spring.

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