Rainy Day Blues- How to clean your pool after a rain storm
If you are wondering how to clean your pool after a rain, then here are a few tips. Today it is flooding yet once again, and my pool route sits still till the weather clears up. I have been known to knock ice out of pools to clean them and also I have cleaned pools when it was 108 deg. outside too. The one thing I will not do is clean a pool during a thunderstorm. Having an aluminum pole in the water while lightning is striking is not my idea of fun. Always think of safety when working around a pool. Many people have been killed and you do not want to be next. OK?
Get the debris out first
Depending on your yard situation you need to skim off any leaves or tree limbs out of the pool first. The idea is to get the water freely circulating through the pump and filter so that water can be treated. If you have a lot of debris clogging up your skimmer baskets then that won’t be possible so you need to make sure that everything is circulating as it should. If you have an automatic cleaner in the pool, take it out of the water and disable it till the pool is clean again the return it and set your timers as usual. Automatic cleaners are not designed to pick up heavy debris and can be damaged easily so you need to get them out and pick up the heavy stuff manually.
Check your water numbers next
Using your handy test kit that I described in the Pool Basics Page, do a quick water test to check your PH and CL levels. Most likely the water will be cloudy and somewhat murky after a good strong thunderstorm, but it will clear up in time. You may need to shock or super chlorinate your pool if your CL level is low. A little shock, say 1 lb. is probably a good idea after a strong heavy downpour.
Get the dirt out.
Using a good baggy pool net you can usually scoop up large debris and leaves that have sunk to the bottom of the pool. They key word here is to use a baggy net. The tiny leaf nets will make this task all but impossible, while a baggy net makes the job relatively easy. Pine cones, limbs, small tree branches need to come out and a net is the only way to do that. Brush any dirt off of your steps to the bottom of the pool also. If your yard landscaping is such that it pours dirt into the pool after every rain, you may want to look into a little redesign of your flowerbeds in the future.
Finally after all that is left in the pool is fine dirt on the bottom you can use your pool vacuum and suck that up into the filter. If the storm was significant and there is a lot of dirt on the bottom, then a good filter cleaning may be required afterwards.
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