The storm season is always dreaded by pool owners because heavy rain and strong winds tend to mess up your otherwise pristinely maintained pool. They bring dirt and debris, dilute the water quality and can interrupt the functioning of the pool pumps and lights.
However, there are a few key tips that will help you and your pool survive the storm season, without having to fork out large amounts of money along the way.
What to do with your pool before a storm
During storm season, you know you can expect some heavy storms to come your way. As soon as you’re aware of an impending one, it’s advised to turn off and unplug any electrical pool equipment, like the pool pump, motor, filter and heater. Leaving them running puts them at risk of electrical damage. You can also cover any exposed equipment with a large plastic tarp or other waterproof coverings that are tightly tied down.
Ensure that all loose items in your pool like toys, floats, dispensers, etc. are removed and safely stored away, otherwise, they could easily be blown away in the storm or damaged. It’s recommended that you keep your pool uncovered because the cover will likely become damaged in the storm or will be difficult to remove if it ends up being covered with water and dirt. It’s easier to treat the water itself afterwards than repair a ruined cover.
What to do with your pool after a storm
Once the storm has passed, the first thing to do is clear away all debris that’s been blown into the water, including leaves, twigs and more. This will help ensure you obtain an accurate reading when measuring the chemical levels.
Using a pH strip or measuring device, check the pH levels of the water to see whether it’s dropped out of the recommended 7.2 – 7.6 range. This can be remedied by adding appropriate chemicals from a pool kit. You may likely need to add some extra chlorine to the water. Rain can significantly dilute the important chemicals in your pool water, and this can result in the growth of unwanted algae. Extra chlorine will help mitigate and prevent this from happening if you act quickly!
Additionally, check that there’s no damage to your electrical equipment like the pump and chlorinator. If you notice a potential safety hazard, get in touch with a professional as soon as possible.
Be prepared for this year’s storm season and don’t let it catch you by surprise. Share these tips with other pool owners and be set with a clean, well-maintained pool that can bear the brunt of any storm headed your way!