Balancing Your Pool After Heavy Rain

Balancing Your Pool After Heavy Rain

Balancing Your Pool After Heavy Rain

Heavy rain can have a significant impact on your pool water, and it’s important to take steps to balance the water and keep it clean after a storm. Here are 10 steps to follow to balance your pool after heavy rain:

  1. Skim the pool. The first step is to remove any debris that may have fallen into the pool during the storm. This includes leaves, twigs, insects, and other small objects.
  2. Brush the pool walls and floor. This will help to remove any algae or other build-up that may have occurred during the storm.
  3. Vacuum the pool. This will remove any dirt or debris that may have settled at the bottom of the pool.
  4. Test the water. It’s important to test the water after a storm to ensure that the pH level, total alkalinity, and calcium hardness are all within the proper range.
  5. Adjust the pH level. The pH level should be between 7.4 and 7.6. If the pH level is too high, add soda ash or sodium carbonate. If the pH level is too low, add muriatic acid.
  6. Adjust the total alkalinity. The total alkalinity should be between 80 and 120 parts per million (ppm). If the total alkalinity is too low, add baking soda. If the total alkalinity is too high, use a sequestering agent.
  7. Adjust the calcium hardness. The calcium hardness should be between 100 and 300 ppm. If the calcium hardness is too low, add calcium chloride. If the calcium hardness is too high, dilute the pool water with fresh water.
  8. Shock the pool. Shocking the pool will help to kill any bacteria or algae that may have developed during the storm. To shock the pool, add a chlorine shock treatment according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
  9. Run the filter. The filter should be run for at least 24 hours after a storm to help circulate the water and remove any contaminants.
  10. Enjoy your pool! Once the water is balanced and clean, you can enjoy your pool again.

Following these steps, you can keep your pool water clean and safe after heavy rain.

Here are some additional tips for balancing your pool after heavy rain:

  • If your pool has a cover, make sure to remove it after a storm. This will help to prevent debris from falling into the pool and will also help to keep the water clean.
  • If your pool is located in an area with many trees, you may need to add a clarifier to the water after a storm. This will help to remove any tannins or other debris that may have been released by the trees.
  • If you have a saltwater pool, you may need to add more salt after a storm. This is because rain can dilute the salt level in the pool.
  • If you have any questions about balancing your pool after heavy rain, contact your local pool professional.

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