A heavy downpour and storm tend to introduce lots of foreign objects into your pool. Rainwater, dust, and debris, all have an effect your pool’s water chemistry and can put an additional strain on your equipment. Reduce any potential problems such as excessive filter pressure, algae, or cloudiness with a quick cleanup. Below are steps that will help you have a balanced and clean pool after the rain.
1. Clean the pool
At times, rain comes with strong winds, and winds may blow lots of leaves, dust, and other debris in your swimming pool.
To start with, skim your pool, and then vacuum. You can manually vacuum the pool yourself or use an automatic pool cleaner. As soon as your pool is cleaned up, you can analyze the water chemistry.
2. Test alkalinity and pH levels
Your pool’s pH can drop due to acid rain. But this is what the job of alkalinity is. Anytime rain attempts to decrease the pH, the alkalinity takes the big hit. Meaning, your alkalinity levels may see a more drastic change compared to your pH levels, which is the best thing.
3. Test sanitizer levels
You should also test your sanitizer or chlorine levels. Rain will often introduce contaminants to your pool water, and your sanitizer will begin fighting them off. Meaning, your sanitizer level may be low also. So make sure to examine these levels.
4. Check the level of your water
Obviously, rain will add a lot of water to your pool than what is required. Should you have too much water in your pool, you can use your filter’s “waste” setting to drain it a bit. Simply allow the pool drain until it has returned to the normal level.
5. Examine the pool equipment
Next, examine your pool equipment. In times of a huge storm, something might have been damaged, either by something falling on top of the equipment or through excess rainfall. Check to ensure that nothing is faulty and that there are not any damaged machines. Just in case something is damaged, ensure you contact a pool service for somebody who is knowledgeable about the equipment and can deal with electricity issues.
6. Shock and balance water
After a heavy shower, the water in your pool has different chlorine levels, and also a different alkalinity and pH. You will need to make sure that these levels are regulated before anybody returns to the pool. One of the simplest methods is to shock the pool, after which readjust the chemicals later to make sure that the pool is safe for one to swim in.
7. Filter and heat
Once you balance the chemicals in the pool, circulate the water to ensure it is mixed and integrated. The water should be properly sanitized before allowing anybody swim in the pool. Since rain changes the temperature of water, heat your pool up slightly in order that your pool can go back to normal after the downpour.
Do not allow storms put a restraint on your poolside fun. Follow these pool care tips and you will enjoy your poolside fun!