Summer may be winding down, but that doesn't mean the pool party is over just yet. As the days get shorter and the nights a little cooler, it’s easy to fall into a relaxed state of mind.
Is your pool maintenance routine relaxing a bit, too? If so, Pool Central offers some essential pool maintenance tips to ensure your swimming pool sparkling clean during the final lazy days of summer.
Keep Skimming and Brushing
Don't let leaves and debris clog up your pool. Regular skimming and brushing will keep the water clean and free from tree droppings, dead bugs and other things you really don’t want sharing your pool.
Mind Your Filters
Filters are like the unsung heroes of your swimming pool. They work tirelessly to keep the water crystal clear. As the summer wraps up, it's essential to check and clean your filters more frequently. A clogged filter won't work effectively, which could lead to murky water.
Balance the Chemistry
Your pool needs the right chemical balance all season long, but more changeable weather may mean more frequent adjustments. Test the water regularly to ensure the pH, chlorine and alkalinity levels are in check. Late summer heat, rain and temperature fluctuations can throw off the water chemistry, so stay vigilant.
After all those unforgettable pool parties and long days of fun in the sun, your pool water may need a little extra TLC. Give it a shock treatment to eliminate any pesky bacteria and organic contaminants that may have found their way in. It's like pressing the reset button for your pool's health.
Watch Out for Algae
Algae love the summer sun as much as you do. Keep an eye out for any signs of algae growth. If you spot any, take immediate action by applying algaecide to prevent algae from taking over. Murky green is not a good late summer look for your pool.
Pump It Up
Your pool pump is the heart of your pool's circulation system. Make sure it's running optimally to keep the water circulating and filtered effectively. The late summer heat can be tough on your pump, so give it a check to ensure it's in peak condition.
Secure the Cover
As the pool season winds down, consider using a pool cover to keep leaves and debris from falling in. Not only will this save time on maintenance, a cover will also help keep your pool water temperature more consistent as nighttime temperatures begin to cool. Check the condition of your cover, as well, and consider replacing it if it’s in rough condition. Using a pool cover in the off season is one of the best ways to protect your pool from the elements.
Don't Forget the Pool Toys
While you're tidying up the pool area, give some love to your pool toys, too. Clean and store them properly to extend their lifespan and keep them ready for next summer's adventures. Are any of your pool toys leaking? Now’s a great time to fix a leaky pool float so it can be enjoyed for the rest of this season and on into the next. If your pool toys can’t be repaired, take advantage of our great inventory of fun and colorful new pool floats.
Inspect for Damage
Before you close up shop for the season, take a good look at your pool's structure and equipment. Look for any signs of damage or wear and tear. Addressing minor issues now can prevent major headaches when you reopen the pool next year.
Plan for the Off-Season
Don’t let your guard down just because summer is in the back stretch. Pool maintenance is still important as swim season continues. Also, it’s a good time to start thinking about pool closing.
In colder climates, consider investing in a winterizing kit, equipment or winter cover. Consider working with a professional pool maintenance service to properly close your pool and ensure it stays in great shape for next pool season.
Summer isn't over just yet! There’s still time to swim, which means you shouldn’t relax your pool maintenance routine.
With diligent swimming pool maintenance, you can make the most of the late summer heat while ensuring your pool remains a sparkling oasis for the days to come.