Fall is here, and with it comes the inevitable debris in your pool. You might be thinking, "Hey, I'm not using my pool right now; why should I work so hard to clean it up?" Well, we're here to tell you why.
Clogging Up Your Skimmer and Extra Stress on Your Filter
This may seem like a no-brainer, but you'd be surprised at how common this issue actually is. Imagine if you have a really hairy dog, like our Great White Pyrenées Lulu and Winston, and instead of vacuuming regularly, you only vacuumed your carpet at the beginning and end of each season. Your vacuum cleaner might actually spring to life and run for the hills! Not to mention, there'd be no end to dumping out your canister and/or replacing your filter. Basically, it would be like 10 times the work as if you just did it weekly. The same holds true for your pool skimmers and filtration system. Regularly cleaning the leaves out from your pool, while pain in the butt it may be, will save you time and money by putting less stress on your filter and by keeping decaying leaves from gumming up your skimmers.
Really, Though? More Chores?
I know, I know. The last thing you want, after an entire summer of monitoring pH levels and scrubbing algae from the sides of your pool, is yet another chore, especially when you aren't even using your pool. And in North Texas, there really doesn't seem to be any end to the downpour of leaves in your pool, especially if you are lucky enough to have one of those big beautiful deciduous trees keeping your backyard cool in the summertime. So how do you keep your pool clean without spending hours out there doing a pretty overall boring chore?
Well, for a start, if you've got kids- USE 'EM! Come on, isn't that supposed to be your reward for all those sleepless nights and dirty diapers? Make leaf removal the new fun chore and let those kiddos earn their allowance! Of course, if you don't have kids of the right age, size, or maturity to help out you can always try out these hacks from Swim University to keep your pool clean and make maintenance a breeze.
Having the right gear can help you too. Using a leaf rake, instead of the standard leaf skimmer, will save you time by collecting more leaves and making disposal slightly less of a headache. You can try using a leaf net, which can be used with or without a pool cover, and does exactly what it sounds like- it catches the leaves before they hit your pool's surface, making clean up a breeze. For bigger jobs, like the kind Jerry and Shannon face with their pool surrounded by gorgeous trees, you can get a Leaf Gulper, which is kind of like a super vacuum that works with your garden hose.
Ugh, Can't I Just Call Someone?
LOL, of course you can! If all else fails, hire outside help! On average, a pool service should cost you anywhere between $80 and $300 per month, depending on where you live and what companies are available to you. If you're hitting a brick wall, call us, and we can recommend some good and reputable services in DFW that can give you a hand.
Look at the end of the day, however you choose to do it, you have to keep your pool clean. There's no way around it. Trust me, you'll thank me later when you don't have a bigger and more expensive mess to clean up.