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Cleaning the Swimming Pool After a Storm or Flood

Cleaning the Swimming Pool After a Storm or Flood

Here’s what you need to know about cleaning your pool after a storm or flood.

As a resident of Australia, you are no stranger to extreme weather conditions such as storms and floods. These natural calamities can leave a trail of destruction, including affecting your swimming pool. After a storm or flood, it is essential to clean your pool before you can use it again. Failure to do so can expose you and your family to a host of health risks, including bacterial infections.

Secure the pool Area

Before a storm or flood, secure the area by removing any loose items such as toys, furniture, and potted plants. Secure any loose fencing or gates to prevent them from being blown away by strong winds. Cover it to prevent debris from getting in.

Lower the water Level

Lowering the water level can help prevent damage during a storm or flood. If the pool is too full, the water can overflow, causing damage to the walls and surrounding areas. Lowering the water level can also help prevent debris from getting into.

Turn off electricity

Before a storm or flood, turn off the electricity supply to your pool. This will help prevent any electrical damage that may occur during the storm. If you have a pump or heater, turn them off and unplug them.

Assess the damage

This involves checking for any debris such as leaves, branches, and rocks that may have landed in. Inspect the pool walls and bottom for any signs of cracks or damage. If you notice any damage, it is essential to contact a professional cleaner to assess the extent of the damage and carry out the necessary repairs.

Remove debris

Once you have assessed the damage, the next step is to remove any debris that may have accumulated in. This includes leaves, branches, rocks, and any other foreign objects that may have found their way into during the storm or flood. Use a net to scoop out the debris, starting from the surface of the water and working your way towards the bottom. Be careful not to damage the pool walls or bottom in the process.

Check the pH level

Storm water can significantly alter the pH level, making the water too acidic or alkaline. Use a pH testing kit to check the pH level and adjust it accordingly. The ideal pH level for a swimming pool is between 7.2 and 7.8. If the pH level is too high, add a pH reducer. If the pH level is too low, add a pH increaser.

Shock the pool

Shocking the pool is a process that involves adding a large amount of chlorine to the water to kill any bacteria or viruses that may have accumulated in during the storm or flood. The amount of chlorine you add will depend on the size of your pool and the severity of the contamination. Be sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions when adding chlorine to avoid over-chlorinating. Allow the pool to circulate for at least 24 hours before using it again.

Clean the filter

The filter plays a crucial role in keeping the water clean by trapping dirt and debris. However, after a storm or flood, the filter may become clogged, reducing its effectiveness. Remove the filter and clean it thoroughly using a hose or a pressure washer. Check the manufacturer’s instructions to ensure you clean the filter correctly. Once you have cleaned the filter, reinstall it and start the pool pump to circulate the water.

Monitor the pool

It’s essential to monitor it closely to ensure the water remains clean and safe for use. Check the pH level regularly and add chemicals as necessary to maintain the ideal balance. Use a vacuum to remove any dirt or debris that may have accumulated on the floor. You may also need to backwash the filter periodically to ensure it remains clean and effective.

Seek professional help

If you are unsure about any aspect of cleaning your pool after a storm or flood, it is essential to seek professional help. A professional cleaner will have the expertise and experience to assess the damage, carry out the necessary repairs, and the cleaning effectively. They will also be able to advise you on the best way to maintain your pool in the aftermath of a storm or flood.

Cleaning your pool after a storm or flood is essential to ensure the safety and hygiene of the water. By following the steps outlined above, you can restore your pool to its pre-storm condition and enjoy swimming once again.

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