What You Should do to Your Pool After it Rains
We spend a lot of time thinking about our pools on hot days. However, how often do we think about our pools when it rains? Chances are, not as much as we should. The truth is, rain is generally actually quite acidic and can have a profound impact on the acidity of your pool. With this in mind, it is very important to consider what to do with your pool after it rains in order to restore its pH balance. However, before we get to that, let's take a look at some preemptive actions you can take to make things easier on you when it does rain.
Store Pool Furniture and Accessories Inside
The first thing you will want to do in order to prepare for a heavy rain is to make sure any pool furniture or accessories is stored inside. This will help prevent these items from being damaged or knocked over in the event of a storm.
Disconnect Your Pool's Electrical Components
Next you will want to disconnect any electrical components to your pool which includes your pump. Taking this necessary precaution will help to ensure that you do not experience any damage to your pool's electrical parts. In addition to this, make sure that the gas lines are also turned off. This will help you avoid a gas leak in the event of a heavy storm.
Balance Your Chemicals
If you are expecting a heavy rain, one of the most important actions you can take to prepare is to balance your pool chemicals accordingly. Doing this will kill any contaminants that are a result of the rainfall which will provide you with a significant help when it comes to cleaning your pool.
Turn on the Pump and Filter
Now, moving onto the steps that should be taken after the event of a heavy rainfall. The first thing you want to do is to clean out the trash and debris that found its way into your skimmer and pump baskets during the rainstorm. Once you have done this, go ahead and turn on your pump filter to get rid of any of the smaller debris.
Clean the Surface
After you have done this, you will want to take your skimmer over the surface of your pool to clean up the debris that as accumulated there. It is also a good idea to sweep the area around your pool beforehand so as to not get any additional debris into the pool in the process.
The next thing you will want to do is to vacuum out your pool. Run your vacuum through the pool to get rid of all that unwanted trash and debris.
Test the Water
Once all of this is done, it is time to test the chemical balance of your pool water. If the rainstorm has lowered the pH in your pool as it often will do, we recommend soda ash AAA-8600 to raise the pH levels in your pool and balance your chemicals back out.
Shock Your Pool
Though this step is not necessary, it can be helpful. This additional step can be helpful in making sure all of the contaminates from the rainfall have been eliminated.
If you follow these simple steps, you will have your pool ready to swim in again in no time. If you need any help with any part of this, please let us know. And as always, stay safe!