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Maintaining Your Pool in the Fall


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.


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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.

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