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7 Easy Steps to Restore Your Pool After a Storm

Storm rain on water surface.

Storms, be it a vibrant summer rain or a fierce winter squall, can leave your pool looking less than inviting. Post-storm pool care is essential to prevent damage to its structure and components, ensuring your pool is ready for your next swim. Dive into our comprehensive guide on post-storm pool recovery, and reclaim your aquatic haven.

1. Regulate the Water Level

You might think of emptying the stormwater from your pool, but resist that urge. Excessive rainfall can increase the water table surrounding your pool, exerting pressure on its structure. Your pool’s water counteracts this external pressure. Emptying it could potentially lift the pool from its position causing irreparable damage.

If the water exceeds the skimmer line, consider draining only a portion to achieve the desired level.

2. Eliminate Pool Debris

With the water level set, it’s cleaning time! Employ a skimmer or leaf net to clear surface debris. Then, give your pool a thorough brushing to free dirt and contaminants from its surfaces. Opt for a manual vacuuming session or set your automated pool cleaner on a comprehensive cycle. A pro-tip: if there’s a lot of sunken debris, vacuum first to prevent spreading it around.

3. Empty the Skimmer & Pump Baskets

Before reigniting the pump, ensure that the skimmer and pump baskets are debris-free. A clean basket facilitates better water circulation, enhancing filtration efficiency.

4. Examine Pool Equipment

Prior to reactivating your plumbing, assess the condition of pipes, fittings, and electrical setups. Look out for signs of water damage, especially around the pump motor, or any potential leaks. It’s prudent to consult a pool technician if you spot any irregularities, particularly electrical ones.

5. Clean or Backwash the Filter

If the pump and filter seem undamaged, prioritize cleaning or backwashing your filter. For sand or D.E. filters, continue backwashing until you see clear water. For cartridge types, give the cartridges a thorough rinse, replacing any that appear worn out. Once cleaned, reactivate the pump and filter to circulate the water.

6. Test and Adjust Pool Chemistry

After ensuring your pool is debris-free and all equipment checks out, focus on water balance. Activate the pump and filter, then test the water. Adjust Total Alkalinity (TA) first, followed by pH and Calcium Hardness. Aim for these recommended levels:

Total Alkalinity: 90 ppm

pH: 7.5

Calcium Hardness: 350 ppm

Cyanuric Acid: 50 ppm

After the balancing act, it’s time to disinfect. Given that storms can introduce various contaminants, it’s essential to give your pool water a thorough sanitizing treatment. Administer a solid pool shock until the chlorine reads 10.0 ppm, ensuring all microbial threats are neutralized. Wait until the Free Available Chlorine (FAC) reaches 2.0–4.0 ppm before taking a dip.

Ensure you follow all label directions when working with pool chemicals.

7. Activate the Pump & Filter Until Clear

Your last step? Simply relax and let your pump and filter do their job. After regulating the water level, removing all debris, cleaning or backwashing the filter, balancing the pool chemistry and adding sanitizer, let your pool pump and filter work their magic. Depending on your pool’s post-storm condition, keep the systems running for at least 24 hours or more. Using a water clarifier can expedite the clarity process.

Post-storm pool care isn’t just about aesthetics; it’s pivotal for the pool’s longevity and the well-being of its users. Prioritize safety, be diligent in your cleanup, and maintain a balanced chemical profile. With proper attention, your pool will remain the perfect sanctuary, irrespective of nature’s moods.

BONUS: Flocculants

If your pool is still cloudy after a few days of filtration, backwashing, and filter cleans, then you can also use a flocculant (purchase from Amazon HERE)to removed small suspended particles.

Need a Hand with Your Post-Storm Pool Cleanup?

Clear Impressions Pool Service is here to help you with all of your pool needs. Please call or text us to find out how we can help get your pool back on track after a storm.

To learn more about our extensive and diverse offerings – from weekly service to our uniquely premium all-inclusive poolcare packages – feel free to contact us anytime by call or text: 682.204.9898

If you would like more helpful information about your pool, check our blog for more posts or you can listen to Pool Guy Podcast here.


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