03 Jul Fall Pool Care

As summer winds down here in Connecticut, it is time to start looking ahead and planning for the next season. Fall is a beautiful time in this part of the country but it does require a shift in your pool care and maintenance routine. Here is how you can best prepare your pool for the upcoming changes in weather:

  • Less Chemicals
    In the busy season of summer, your pool requires more chemicals than during fall and winter. This is due to fewer pollutants from people’s bodies from use but also due to evaporation, temperature, and sunlight.  During the summer months, your pool water evaporates more quickly and algae/bacteria grows more rapidly hence the need for replacing chemicals more frequently.  As the cooler weather rolls in, you can expect to have to check and balance your pool’s chemistry approximately once a week. Chlorine usage (and other sanitizers) as well as filter run-times will also decrease. The costs associated with owning a pool decrease in the fall and the water will be inherently clearer. So “deal” with those leaves and enjoy the beauty of the pool as the season progresses.
  • Decrease Chlorine
    As your water temperatures drop, you can start to lessen the amount of chlorine you normally add to your pool. Once your waters hit 51 degrees, you can stop adding chlorine altogether. This is because at 51 degrees and lower, algae and bacteria can no longer grow.
  • Foliage
    The beautiful colors of the leaves are stunning once they change but as they begin to fall into your yard, they can wreck havoc on your pool’s filter system if left unattended. Be sure to pay attention and skim your pool to capture leaves and debris to avoid costly stains on your pool’s finish and to keep your system running well! Clean skimmer baskets as required (sometimes twice a day).
  • Pump Time
    Similar to requiring less chemicals, you can also limit the amount of time you run your pool pump and filter to four to eight hours a day to compensate for the reduced use of your pool.

At Aqua Pool and Patio, we think that there is nothing better than a quick dip in a pool at the start of the brisk season to really rejuvenate your mind and body. Take advantage of the crisp autumn weather before it is time to close the pool down for winter. Plus, if your backyard has a fire pit, there’s nothing like warming yourself up around a nice fire with family and friends to celebrate the change of seasons after a swim!

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03 Jul Circulation: The Importance of Movement for Your Pool Water

Circulation is a key component to any pool care routine. In order for your pool to get clean, filtration is required and movement of your pool water is critical for successful filtration. Not to mention that the circulation of chemicals is what enables the chemicals to properly do their work.

Pool Circulation Explained

Most pools are circulated via pump action. Your pool’s pump is what draws in water either through a skimmer or drain, passes said water through the pump and into the filter where it is then cleaned before passing back into your pool through return jets. This circular system is similar to the body’s circulatory system and how blood is moved throughout your body.

Proper Circulation

The location and placement of your drains and jets should enhance the internal movement of your waters. It’s a good idea to aim these items in opposing directions in order to promote the mixing of your pool water, both laterally, and from surface to depth.

Common Problem Areas

There are a few areas that constantly crop up where good water circulation presents an issue. They are as follows:

-Around your pool steps or ladder
-Where any cracks or crevasses are present

-Beneath your skimmer

To ensure movement amongst these problem areas, you may need to manually stimulate water with a small pool brush to help remove any dirt or debris build-up.

Speaking of Brushing

It’s a good rule of thumb to brush your pool at least once a week. This can help the dead areas listed above but also is a good habit in preventing algae or other micro-organism build-up.

Final Components
Good pool circulation isn’t difficult but it does take some set-up. Set your pump and filter to run at least eight hours a day for movement, be sure to keep baskets and filters clean and clear of debris, and angle your return jets to face different ways to promote circular movement in your water. Remember, a well circulated pool is more likely to save you time and money in the long run!

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