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Maintaining Your Pool in the Fall

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Luckily for those of us in warmer regions, there’s really no reason to “close” our pools during the colder months. There are a number of advantages to this, such as preserving the health of pumps and motors and being able to use the pool as a centerpiece for entertaining even if it’s too cold to swim. However, keeping the pool open also means the need to maintain proper water chemistry throughout fall and winter.

 

How Often Should I Maintain My Pool?

For most, a weekly or bi-weekly maintenance schedule is more than sufficient, as long as you're thorough every time.  

TIP:  If you don't have time (or desire) to maintain your pool as often as necessary, consider hiring a pool care company.

 

What Fall Pool Maintenance Should I Be Performing?

When maintaining your pool during the “off season,” pool owners should, for the most part, follow the same basic procedures that they would during the rest of the year:

 

  • Test the water chemistry: Even if the pool is seldom used, it's important to ensure that the chemistry of the water is balanced so that the chemicals continue to keep harmful bacteria and algae at bay
  • Clean the water line:  Not only are “rings” around the pool unattractive, but those rings are a breeding ground for unhealthy bacteria
  • Brush and vacuum the pool: If left uncovered, you'll likely need to still vacuum your pool once a week (if not more, if you have falling leaves in your yard).  You may only need to brush your pool bi-weekly
  • Check the equipment: You need to regularly make sure that all of the pumps and motors are performing as they should. It's also important to pull out the filters and give them a good cleaning every one to two weeks

 

Once you decide on your pool maintenance schedule, make sure to stick with it. As the temperature, sunlight, and a number of other environmental factors tend to fluctuate in the fall and winter months, your pool is more prone to having improper chemistry levels. This could result in damage to the finish of the pool, to the fixtures within it, and make it more difficult to get the water back to acceptable levels when you're ready to jump in come spring.

 

Please contact us if you have any questions on fall pool maintenance.

 

About Tampa Bay Pools

Tampa Bay Pools is a custom pool builder serving Tampa Bay, Brandon, Clearwater, Riverview, Lithia, Valrico, Odessa, Lutz, Plant City, Davenport, Seffner, and St. Petersburg areas, who understands the importance and value of your own backyard escape. That’s why we build spectacular new inground swimming pools that are easy to maintain.

We offer a wide variety of custom projects including residential or commercial swimming pool building, stunning custom features to customize your pool, outdoor enclosures for your backyard oasis, and custom spas.

Our pools can be designed to fit any style or budget; we even offer swimming pool financing options.

The Joys of Owning a Pool in the Fall

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Take a peek outside your window and you'll certainly see that fall is finally here. The leaves are turning from green to rich red and golden hues, the winds have kicked it up a notch, and the air is crisp and refreshing.

While you may not think about swimming in your pool during these cooler autumn months, your pool can still bring a load of fun and enjoyment this season. Here are some of the reasons why we love owning a pool in fall:

 

A Reason to Get out and Play

With the temperatures taking a dip, it's not uncommon for a lot of us to spend more time indoors than out. If you have a pool in the backyard, however, you have an excellent excuse to venture outside to swim, play or go for a float on a warm autumn afternoon.

Having a pool heater is a great way to extend your swim season and get some much-needed exercise during the fall and winter. Look into your heating options like electric, gas and solar heat if you'd like to use your pool all year 'round.

 

An Excuse to Fire up the Grill

Is there any greater joy than enjoying food that has been cooked to perfection as you sit in the warmth of fall's golden sunset?

You probably don't need an excuse to strike up the barbecue, but if you needed a reason, fall is the ideal time to cook outside. You won't be sweltering under a hot summer sun as you cook, and you'll be able to take in the relaxing sounds of nature since your neighbors have likely packed up and moved indoors for the season.

 

A Natural Focal Point

Our eyes are naturally drawn to bodies of water, including your swimming pool. If you have water features, fire features, and other gorgeous landscaping surrounding your poolscape, then it will continue to serve as a focal point in your backyard regardless of the season.

Owning a pool in fall also means that you can dress up, or dress down, your pool for the upcoming holidays. Hay bales, scarecrows and pumpkins (both inside and outside of the pool) all make for fantastic outdoor fall decor surrounding your poolscape.

 

Interested in Owning a Pool in Fall? Now's the Best Time to Get One!

Building and owning a pool in fall means being able to take advantage of a number of incredible benefits, like:

  • Access to the best pool builders (pool builders are less busy during the fall)
  • Reduced rates and better discounts
  • Several months to plan and properly landscape your property

Interested in building a new pool? Give Tampa Bay Pools a call at (813) 684-3639! Our award-winning Tampa Bay and Clearwater pool builders will gladly provide you with a free quote for your dream poolscape today.

 

About Tampa Bay Pools

Tampa Bay Pools is a custom pool builder serving Tampa Bay, Brandon, Clearwater, Riverview, Lithia, Valrico, Odessa, Lutz, Plant City, Davenport, Seffner, and St. Petersburg areas, who understands the importance and value of your own backyard escape. That’s why we build spectacular new inground swimming pools that are easy to maintain.

We offer a wide variety of custom projects including residential or commercial swimming pool building, stunning custom features to customize your pool, outdoor enclosures for your backyard oasis, and custom spas.

Our pools can be designed to fit any style or budget; we even offer swimming pool financing options.