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How Will Heavy Rain Affect my Pool?

The rain has begun to pour, and it looks like it will continue through the coming days here in the Wheatbelt. Thanks Joyce!

In weather conditions like this our phones ring off the kook. Pool owners get distressed because the rain can cause issues and most pool owners don’t know how to fix the issues.

Here are the main issues caused by rain and what you can do about it:

  • When your pool over flows, it can prevent your skimmer box from doing its job. It will also damage any surrounding decking or paving, and this can be costly to repair.
  • One of the simplest ways to drain water (if you have a DE or sand filter) is to place the multiport valve and use the setting to reverse the flow in the filter and send water out of the waste line.
  • Another option is to use a submersible pump, one that can pump at a good rate. It can be dropped into the pool, connected to a long hose. You need to ensure you reach the storm drain far away from the pool.
  • When it rains, water will run off your lawn, planters, paving or decking into your pool bringing with it anything that it can pick up along the way. This can result in a high phosphate reading. High phosphates create more issues such as cloudy water and algae.
  • Use your leaf rake and remove as much of the larger debris as possible. Next you will need to vacuum the pool and back it up with daily brush cleaning and filtering. You can use clarifiers and flocculants to speed up the process.
  • When the water begins to clear, you can use Purex Phosphate Remover (use as instructed) to naturally remove phosphates and stop algae from growing.
  • Rain can disrupt your pool balance dramatically. It dilutes cyanuric acid and can also soften the pool water and lower calcium hardness. PH and alkalinity are also altered.
  • Make sure you get your pool water tested immediately after the heavy rain.
  • If flooding has been predicted this can cause trouble with your pool equipment. If it is possible for you to remove your pump safely, then do so and store in indoors. If this isn’t an option, then sand bag your equipment may prevent damage depending on the severity if the flooding. If the pump motor gets submerged in water, it will most likely need to be replaced.

If you know the storm or heavy rain is on the way and you have some time, tie down and store away any toys or loose furniture that could take flight.

After the storm has passed, clean your pool, lower the water level (if necessary), have your water tested ASAP and add the recommended chemicals.

Countrywide Pools have been Installing, servicing and repairing pools since XXXX. If you need any help or advice, feel free to send us an email service@countrywidepools.com.au or give us a call 08)96225571