Rain and thunder storms introduce many new things into your pool. Dirt, debris, rain water, and even lightning all affect the overall water chemistry of your pool and can put a strain on your equipment. A quick cleanup is essential to minimize any potential issues like algae, cloudy water, or excessive filter pressure. The following steps will help you have a clean, balanced pool.
- Skim and brush your pool. This helps your system by removing bigger debris and stirring up dirt to make it easier for the system to filter out.
- Clean your skimmer basket and all filter baskets in the system. This will allow a steady flow of water to continuously move throughout the system.
- In the evening, shock your pool with a product such as Power Powder Plus, or Chlor Brite. Shocking helps sanitize any contaminants or materials that were introduced to the water.
- Run your system for at least 12 hours to ensure proper filtration and circulation. This helps remove dirt and debris, along with circulating the chlorine in your pool.
- The day after adding the shock, check the PSI on your filter pressure gauge. If the pressure is sitting 8-10 PSI higher than normal, you need to clean out your filter.
- After potentially cleaning out or backwashing your filter, test your water either at home or by taking a sample to a local Leslie’s. Rain water and other debris affect your chemistry, most notably your pH and total alkalinity. Adjustments may be needed. At this time, you may also add a preventative algaecide like Leslie’s Algae Control if you wish. If you need to add pool chemicals, follow the directions of your Leslie’s pool professional.
- It is also recommended to test for phosphates. This can be done at a local Leslie’s store as well or with a test kit. Lightning increases the nitrogen in the air, which cause grass and algae to turn greener. These photosynthetic organisms then create a problem for chlorine. A chemical such as PHOSfree will remove phosphates in the water and starve algae of food, therefore inhibiting their growth.
- 24 hours after adding any needed chemicals and/or cleaning your filter, if your water is still cloudy you can add a water clarifier like Leslie’s Ultra Bright to help the cleaning process.
If any questions or problems arise during this process, please contact a local Leslie’s professional to help you clean up your pool after a storm.