No matter what natural catastrophe occurs, be it fire, flood or a hurricane, not even the cleanest swimming pool can be spared from damage. Storms that bring high wind and rain, such as the recent hurricane Florence, can sweep dirt and particles into your swimming pool. Floods, on the other hand, can bring with them an even longer list of possible pollutants, such as mud, silt, and germs.
Keeping your swimming pool tidy and safe can be tough, even more so after extreme weather condition or natural catastrophes.
Below are several ways to help you get through your swimming pool cleaning after a storm.
- Do not get rid of the water from your swimming pool
Never get rid of your swimming pool water, no matter how dirty it is. Although it might be appealing to drain your swimming pool, getting rid of the water is dangerous as this can result in your swimming pool “drifting” or “popping” from the ground due to a raised water level. Your best option is to clean up the water present in your swimming pool, no matter how unclean it might look.
- Remove leaves and particles from the swimming pool surface area
The initial step to cleaning your swimming pool at this point is to remove the leaves and particles floating in your pool. You can use a leaf net or an extendable telepole to rake the leaves that have settled at the bottom.
- Pump strainer, skimmer baskets, and filters should be cleaned as well
Prior to bringing back power and running your purification system, it is a great idea to clear out the pump strainer and the skimmer baskets and filter.
- Examine electrical devices and bring back power
Prior to turning the power to your swimming pool devices back on, you will wish to eliminate all plastic covers and examine for any indications of water damage to your devices. If the device is dry, it is advised to turn the power back on and begin running your flow and purification systems.
If there seem to be any indications of water or water damage, do not turn the power back on until you have consulted with a professional electrician.
- Inspect the water level and get rid of water as essential
During a flood or an extreme storm, a huge amount of water must have found its way into your pool. What you need to do, is to just remove the excess water until it is back to its original water level. You can use a siphon or a sump pump to do this.
- Vacuum and brush swimming pool walls and flooring
After switching on your swimming pool devices and restoring your swimming pool water to its appropriate level, it is now time to start the procedure of getting rid of the dirt and dust particles from your swimming pool.
- Start by vacuuming the dirt and particles off the bottom of your swimming pool. If you can not vacuum the dirt and particles to waste, it is necessary to examine the pressure gauge of your filter regularly, and tidy and backwash your filter once the pressure is
- Clean the shallow end of the swimming pool first, and constantly move to the deep end.
- After vacuuming, brush the swimming pool completely to eliminate dirt and particles from the swimming pool walls, and vacuum once again.
- Repeat this procedure up until the water is tidy and almost clear.
- Shock and balance water chemistry
Your swimming pool might look clean at this point, but do not be deceived as there might be more particles floating around that you do not notice. If left untreated, this can result in frustrating algae development, in addition to possibly damaging germs in your swimming pool. To stop the development of these impurities in their tracks, start by utilizing an effective swimming pool shock to raise the chlorine level at around 10.0 ppm.
When the swimming pool has been shocked and the chlorine level reads 3.0 ppm, begin to stabilize your water chemistry, starting with Overall Alkalinity in between 80 and 120 ppm. You can then quickly change the pH, chlorine, and calcium firmness of your water. Once it has been stabilized, all you will have to do is run your purification system till all the water has actually been effectively sterilized.
- Run circulation and purification systems till water is clear
Running your flow and filtering systems is the last action to having your swimming pool after a storm, fire, or flood. After vacuuming and brushing your swimming pool, you will wish to run your swimming pool devices until the water is tidy. This might take a couple of days, however, it is essential to make sure your system is running the whole time.
Take additional care to inspect the skimmer basket, the pump strainer basket, and the pressure of the filter while you are running the devices all the time. Empty the baskets as quickly as they fill with particles, and backwash your filter if the pressure gauge checks out 8-10 PSI greater than normal. This will assist keep your devices running efficiently, and will offer you a healthy swimming pool in no time!
If you have any more concerns on the best ways to clean your swimming pool after a storm, cyclone or fire, call Russell Cooper Pools.
Russell Cooper Pools
101 Folly Rd.
Myrtle Beach, SC 29588