The biggest misconception in owning a swimming pool in Las Vegas is the idea that once summer is over, the maintenance of the pool can be paused or even completely stopped. This is simply not true! Once the weather changes and our daytime highs aren't in the 100's any more, our work isn't over. Leaves, dirt and debris continue to fall into the pool and if left, will stain the plaster. Also, our filter pumps continue to work and collect dirt and small debris and will also need to continue needing regular cleaning. As most know, this can be a tedious process. Yes, chemical consumption slows, but Total Chlorine, Free Chlorine, Total Alkalinity, pH, Total Hardness and Total Dissolved Solid levels need to be regularly checked and adjusted. One other very important point to remember is as it cools, our night time lows near or even at times fall below levels of freezing. When this is the case, it is extremely important to have the swimming pool pump running and circulating the water to prevent freezing inside the pump, plumbing and even within the filter housing and the pool heater. Let me know if you have any questions or concerns about the pool going into the "off season."