Weather changes are expected throughout the year. Rain can be refreshing in the summer, but have you thought about what you need to do with your pool after the rain?
With around 10.4 million residential swimming pools in the US, cleaning them adequately, especially following a downpour, is essential. Heavy rain brings about debris blown in by winds, disturbs the alkalinity and pH of the water, and creates unnecessary excess water in the pool.
For Phoenix residents who want to avoid any potential rain-related problems, here is what to do after rainfall in terms of cleaning your pool.
Skim, Brush, and Vacuum the Pool
Before doing anything else, skim the debris from the surface of the water so it doesn’t go into your filtering system. Brush and vacuum the walls and floor to prevent possible algae formation and remove any remaining dirt in the water.
Remember to clean the pump basket and skimmer, allowing water to flow through the system freely.
Test and Adjust Chemicals in Pool Water
The most important thing to do after it rains is to check if it disturbed the water chemistry.
Use a test kit to check the total alkalinity, which might have decreased, and if you need to adjust the swimming pool pH in your Phoenix property due to imbalance after the rain.
Chlorine levels may also decrease due to heavy rains, so check for calcium hardness and chlorine levels to ensure the pH imbalance has not disturbed their effectiveness. Make the necessary adjustments and turn your water safe for swimming.
Check Water Level
Heavy rains can disturb the pool water level and affect its chemistry. This is easily fixed by simply draining the pool to reduce the water level. The ideal water level is in the middle of the skimmer opening.
Shock Pool Water
After the rain, the chlorine levels in pools will decrease and need to be adjusted. It will also oxidize organic materials that enter the water after rainfall and contaminate it.
Chlorine dissipates faster during the day, so it’s best to do it in the evening and give it time to work during the night. It’s also good to know that chlorine is more effective when the water’s pH levels have balance, so take care of that first.
Filter the Water
Once you’ve done all of the above, turn on your filtering system. Allow it to run up to 14 hours to ensure proper chlorine circulation and water filtration. This will also remove the remaining debris and dirt.
It’s recommended that you check the filter the day after shocking the pool because it will most likely need a follow-up cleaning.
Make Pool Care a Priority: Get Swimming Pool Services in Phoenix
Everyone loves refreshing rains during the hot summer days — except pool owners. For them, rain means a whole day of cleaning and balancing the pool water chemistry to make it clean and safe again.
Lucky for you, we have backs in the heat of summer, and always. Poolsmith Technologies can help balance the pH in your pool using a natural and organic pH control system. We use recycled CO2 in our system to provide a safer and more effective way to add acid to the pool. Get in touch.