When it rains, it pours. That’s especially true here in Arizona during Monsoon season. While we enjoy a good storm, rain can introduce acidic elements that can impact your pool’s pH balance and dilute any pool chemical’s effectiveness.
If the weather reports a storm coming in, here are our recommendations to minimize damage and to properly prepare your pool for rain. By making a handy checklist, you’ll know exactly what needs to be done before an impending storm:
- Tidy Up and Store Pool Accessories
From patio furniture to potted plants, pool toys, games, and floats to maintenance equipment, basically anything that isn’t tied down should be put in its proper place.
Next up, turn off your pump system before a storm. If it is set to run on a timer, be sure to change the setting so it won’t kick on your pool’s filter during the rain. If it’s set to be a bad storm, we also recommend shutting of your gas lines to prevent gas leaks.
- Prep Pool Water
In advance of the storm, balance your pool water and add an algaecide to help ward off organic contaminants that can make their way into your pool via rainwater and runoff.
After the inclement weather passes, and the sky is blue, we recommend getting outside and attending to your pool as soon as possible. You should perform the following actions:
- Turn on the pool pump and filter system
- Remove debris from surface and skimmer baskets
- Brush and vacuum your pool
- Test pool water to check what effect the rain and debris had then adjust to proper levels
- Get back to swimming!