The combination of rain, high winds, and even lightning can introduce an array of dirt, debris, and other unhealthy pollutants into your pool water as well as put a strain on your pool’s equipment and structure. Proper preparation and clean-up is important to ensure your pool remains protected and is safe for you to jump back in once the sun re-emerges. Follow the tips below to keep your pool safe, clean, and protected before and after a rain storm.
- Do NOT drain the water from your pool
- Do not put a cover on your pool
- Clear your yard and pool deck of debris, toys, and furniture
- Balance your water chemistry
- Turn off the power to your pool equipment
Cleaning Up After a Rain Storm
Rain and thunder storms introduce many new things into your pool. Dirt, debris, rain water, and even lightning all affect the overall water chemistry of your pool and can put a strain on your equipment. A quick cleanup is essential to minimize any potential issues like algae, cloudy water, or excessive filter pressure. The following steps will help you have a clean, balanced pool.
- Skim and brush your pool. This helps your system by removing bigger debris and stirring up dirt to make it easier for the system to filter out.
- Clean your skimmer basket and all filter baskets in the system. This will allow a steady flow of water to continuously move throughout the system.
- In the evening, shock your pool with a product such as Power Powder Plus, or Chlor Brite. Shocking helps sanitize any contaminants or materials that were introduced to the water.
- Run your system for at least 12 hours to ensure proper filtration and circulation. This helps remove dirt and debris, along with circulating the chlorine in your pool.
- The day after adding the shock, check the PSI on your filter pressure gauge. If the pressure is sitting 8-10 PSI higher than normal, you need to clean out your filter.
- After potentially cleaning out or backwashing your filter, test your water either at home or by calling us, we are always happy to help. . Rain water and other debris affect your chemistry, most notably your pH and total alkalinity. Adjustments may be needed. At this time, you may also add a preventative algaecide if you wish. If you need to add chemicals, follow the directions of your pool professional.
- It is also recommended to test for phosphates. This can be done by us as well.Lightning increases the nitrogen in the air, which cause grass and algae to turn greener. These photosynthetic organisms then create a problem for chlorine. A chemical such as PHOSfree will remove phosphates in the water and starve algae of food, therefore inhibiting their growth.
- 24 hours after adding any needed chemicals and/or cleaning your filter, if your water is still cloudy you can add a clarifier to help the cleaning process.
If any questions or problems arise during this process, please contact us, we are always happy to help and provide professional pool service, maintenance and many of the supplies and equipment you’ll need.
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