Jul 13 20160 comments
Planting trees on your property adds shade and beauty to your backyard, but can be a huge nuisance to your swimming pool causing constant skimming. Falling leaves will affect the water balance, stain the lining and consume your pool chemicals rapidly. In order to maintain a safe swimming environment and clean pool, it is up to you to fight against mother nature’s presence. Read More….
One option is to cut down all the trees within a 100 foot radius of your pool. Your neighbors will not appreciate the invasion onto their property, and your own yard will suffer blistering heat consequences. Your other choice is to work a little bit harder to keep the leaves from making a lasting impact on the water.
A leaf net is lightweight and easy to manage, making it a good temporary cover to use during the summer. Just remember to make sure it is clean before placing it on top of the pool water. Use bungee cords to help keep it in place and you should have no trouble lifting it out when it is time for a swim. If you don’t have a leaf net, use a solar cover when the pool is not being used. Then lift it off carefully to make sure that you take all the leaves that it caught with you.
Trimming back on the branches that extend towards your pool will cut down on the number of leaves that make it inside. If you are trying to decide what types of foliage to plant around a yard that has a pool, pick trees that grow to a medium height and don’t produce flowers or fruit. Also think about the root system. Some trees have roots that will sense the water of an inground swimming pool, and naturally grow in that direction which will cause a whole other type of problem.
Skimming the Leaves from Your Pool
Increase the Flow – You can increase the water flow to the pool skimmers by reducing the suction from the main drain. This prevents leaves from sinking to the pool floor which makes cleaning more difficult.
Check the Skimmer Weirs – These flaps that cover the skimmer are meant to prevent leaves from going back into the swimming pool. Check to make sure that yours are working properly to keep the water clean.
Adjust the Return – If you aim your return fittings to create a ripple on the surface, the leaves will be forced to move towards the skimmer and be pulled inside. This is done by ensuring that the returns are facing the same direction and tilted towards the top of the water.
Check the Water Level – Too little and the skimmer is not able to do its job, and you may damage the pump. Too much and the leaves butt the top of the skimmer but never get inside. The water level of your swimming pool should reach the middle of the skimmer for best results.