April is known for beautiful flowers, warm weather, and a problem for many pool owners: rainstorms. While many people enjoy cuddling up with a blanket and listing to the rain falling on the roof, these storms can mean bad news for your pool, often leaving it dirty, green, or cloudy. As Spring, Texas’, leading pool company, Champions Pool Repair & Service knows that pool owners want to keep their pool looking as beautiful as possible, so we’ve laid out some steps to help you clean your pool after an April shower:
- Remove All Debris from Your Pool
Before you begin the cleaning process, you’ll want to make sure you have completely cleaned any debris left by the storm out of your pool. This can include twigs, leaves, grass, and anything else that strong winds may have deposited into your pool. The simplest way to clean storm debris is with a skimmer or a leaf net with an extendable handle.
- Check Your Pool’s Water Level
If the storm raised your pool’s water level above the skimmer, you will need to drain some of the water. Many pool owners believe it is easier to simply drain the entire pool and fill it up with fresh, clean water. However, that is not the case, as doing this can actually lead to a costly pool repair. Removing the water form your pool can lead to your pool “popping” out of the ground because of an elevated water table. Drain no more water than needed after a storm to prevent this issue from occurring.
- Test Your Pool’s Water
Strong storms and heavy rainfall can dilute the chemical levels in your pool, so testing the pool’s water is an important step to ensuring its cleanliness. Although we like to think of rainwater as clean and pure, it is actually chock-full of particulate matter from the atmosphere and can impact the pH levels in your pool. The pool experts at Champions Pool Repair & Service recommend adjusting your levels to read:
pH: 7.2 – 7.6
Total Alkalinity: 100 – 150 ppm
Calcium Hardness: 180 – 220 ppm
- Clean and Backwash the Filter
Storms can deposit large amounts of dust, dirt, and other small particles into your pool, which means your pool’s filter will likely need to be cleaned or backwashed before running the filtration system. Spring, Texas’, leading pool store, Champions Pool Repair & Service, can help you properly clean your filter following a storm.
April showers may bring May flowers, but they can easily lead to a dirty, cloudy, or green pool. These easy steps can help get your pool sparkling again. For help keeping your pool clean, no matter what time of year, give Champions Pool Repair & Service a call at (281) 355-8504.