How to Keep Your Pool Free of Leaves
Throughout the summer, your pool is a refreshing and fun place to be. When fall rolls around, however, your can pool turn into a giant leaf magnet. It’s a hassle to constantly clean your pool of leaves throughout the autumn months.
Some people have such difficulty keeping their pools clean during autumn and winter that they decide to skip cleaning until spring or summer rolls around, and that can wreak havoc on your filters, drains and pumps. Here are some ways that you can help keep your pool free of leaves.
Do Some Landscaping
If your pool sits underneath or very close to some trees, you may want to consider removing them from your yard. If they’re too risky or expensive to remove or if you believe it would negatively impact the look of your yard, try snipping some of the branches that are directly overhead instead. Even removing a few branches could drastically cut down on the amount of leaves that fall into your pool.
It’s also a good idea to keep your yard clean of leaves. You can’t stop leaves from blowing around, but you can keep the amount of leaves around your pool to a minimum with a weekly raking. You can also make the task easier by investing in a leaf blower, leaf vacuum, or leaf sweeper.
Install Leaf Blocks
A leaf block is another term for a type of fencing or wall that surrounds your pool and helps prevent leaves from being blown into it. Some good leaf blocks include solid wooden fencing, retaining walls and hedges. If you already have a fence but it has openings where the leaves come through, try attaching privacy fencing sheets or other sheets of plastic on the outside of the fence for the season.
Use a Leaf Cover
There are pool covers made specifically for keeping leaves out of the pool while also allowing rainwater in and preventing snow build up. They are typically made out of netting or mesh and only need to be picked up and emptied about once a week during the fall. Just remember to keep the cover as taut as it can be or else it will eventually sink into the water due to the weight of the leaves. Out of all the leaf covers we have found, this is the #1 for durability, performance, and easy set up.
Alternatively, leaf covers can also be used in conjunction with a solid winter pool cover. You can allow the leaf net to fill up with leaves for the entire season then remove it in winter to help keep the winter cover and pool free of debris.
Use a Robotic Pool Skimmer
A robotic pool skimmer is a very simple and effective option for keeping leaves out of your pool. However, it’s also the most expensive solution with most robot skimmers running between $500 and $1000. Robotic skimmers work almost exactly like a robotic vacuum cleaner for your home. They digitally map out the area using internal sensors and hit detection, and they suck up all of the debris in that specific region whenever the user schedules a cleaning. The only thing you have to do for the robot is empty the bin when it’s full and clean the filter when it’s clogged.
Call Sanchez Pools for Pool Cleaning
A clean pool is a healthy pool, but we understand that you don’t always have time to do a deep cleaning. That’s why we’re here to help. Our team of pool technicians here at Sanchez Pools can take care of all the stressful maintenance work, so all you have to do is focus on enjoying your pool. Contact us today so you can schedule a pool cleaning to get your pool sparkling and pristine again in no time.