It seems like the entire country is experiencing some degree of inclement weather or natural disaster this year and pools are often overlooked when assessing the damage that these types of events can cause. Whether its heavy rain, flooding, tornadoes, or even wildfires, pools tend to take a beating during these occasions. To show careful consideration this is what we recommend after a severe weather event settles:
Carefully inspect all pool grounds and equipment for the following:
- Safety gates are intact and properly functioning
- Safety-related equipment is in place and in working order
- The deck is intact and not cracked or compromised
- All pool equipment like pumps, filters, and heaters are undamaged and functioning properly. If in doubt, call out a pro to do a complete inspection
- All inlet and outlet fittings are intact
- Appropriate water levels
- Check any overhead power lines to ensure they are intact and not in danger of falling into the pool. If in doubt, call your local utility immediately and stay away from any exposed water
Once you have determined that it is safe to safe to make contact with the pool and all equipment is in working order, it’s time to get into the fun part. Cleaning after an inclement weather event or a natural disaster is not unlike your normal regular cleaning although it can take a bit more time depending on the impact of the event.
Start by removing any debris that might have made its way into the pool being careful to not attempt to lift large heavy objects like lawn furniture or downed tree limbs without assistance. Clean the skimmer baskets thoroughly and clear the deck of any remaining debris that could make its way back in the pool. It is safe to assume, especially after heavy rain events, that your pool water will need a heavy sanitizing session. Superchlorinate the water with a heavy shock treatment and add a clarifying agent to send any small suspended solids to the bottom of the pool where they can be sucked up by your automatic cleaner. Test your water for proper pH balance and give it a couple of days before testing chlorine levels again and re-shocking if necessary.
- Get Help
The final step in managing your pool after an inclement weather event or a natural disaster is to have an honest conversation with yourself and assess the need for professional assistance. If you just can’t get your pool water back to a normal level or you have any doubts about the proper functioning of any equipment that might have been inundated with flood water or covered in wind-blown debris, opt on the side of caution and invite a qualified professional to survey the entire site for anything you might have missed. Pools are massive investments and an invaluable part of most pool owners lives so be extra careful and take care of it!!