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Fall and Winter Pool Care Tips From an Atlanta Pool Builder

  
  
  

 

The temperatures are dropping, along with the leaves, and it's time once again to think about pool care tips for the fall and winter.  Here are some noteworthy tips to maintain your pool throughout the fall and winter.

Pumps: When water temperatures reach about 65 degrees, you can cut back the number of hours you run your filter pump.  We suggest cutting it back to 5 or 6 hours a day.  Be sure to keep the skimmer basket free from debris in order to keep the flow of water continuous.  Also, check your pump basket more frequently since leaves and pine straw are falling.

Chlorine: When water temperatures are 51 degrees and below, you will not need to add chlorine because algae and bacteria stop growing at this temperature.  If you have an Aquarite or Aquapure salt/chlorine generator, it automatically stops generating chlorine when the water temperatures drop below 50 or 51 degrees, depending on which system you have. 

Balance Chemicals:  Your water chemistry is still important even though you may not be using the pool.  Continue to monitor the water chemistry.  A chemical imbalance can cause damage to your pools finish and equipment.  If you typically add salt to your pool, now is not the time to do it; unless you have an accurate salt reading.  Instead,  you can use granular shock to maintain the chlorine level.

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Comments

Its actually not true that algae can't grow below 51 degrees. I've had a few pools go green in the winter time. It wasn't a bad algae outbreak, but there was still algae and the water is very very cold. Add a cup of shock in the skimmer once a week with your salt water pool and you'll be fine.
Posted @ Monday, October 04, 2010 2:54 PM by Luke Norris
First of all, this is a wonderful website that is easy to navigate. 
 
 
 
And I agree with Luke Norris regarding algae. I've experienced it, too.
Posted @ Wednesday, October 13, 2010 4:47 PM by Chris from Dunwoody
Thanks Chris for the comment! As Watercolor's preferred service provider. Feel free to write me with any questions.
Posted @ Saturday, October 16, 2010 9:40 PM by Luke Norris
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