Pool Maintenance After a Storm

By Megan Price July 22, 2019 , , ,


close up photo of heavy rain falling into a body of water

After a large storm, it may seem overwhelming to get your facility’s pool up and running again. Hurricanes blow through and leave pools in shambles, but with proper steps, your pool will be clean and clear in no time. To bring your pool back to life, it will need to be properly cleaned and re-balanced. Here’s what you need to do after a storm to revive your pool. 

Remove Physical Dirt and Inspect for Damage

When a storm with harsh winds blows through, debris may end up in and around your pool. Sweep away any debris, like leaves or small branches, that ended up around your facility’s pool. Skim the pool so that you’re able to assess any damages within your pool that may have occurred. After a large storm, there is a possibility that your pool may have obtained some damages. Visually assess the pool for any damages. Be sure to inspect that the drain covers are still attached, damage free, and in line with regulations. If the pool water is too cloudy for you to see the drain covers, contact your local pool service professionals to inspect your pool.

Schedule any necessary repairs with your pool service contractor. Neglected damages have the potential to compromise the guests’ safety.  

Check Filtration and Circulation

Before you begin balancing the pool water, make sure that the pool’s circulation is regulated. Make sure that skimmers and pump baskets are free of debris. If they’re clogged, pool circulation could be compromised, and the filtration and cleaning process will be hindered. 

Balance the Pool Water

Even though it’s tempting, you should never drain your pool after a hurricane. High ground water levels, or excess water that the ground may be holding, can potentially cause your pool to “pop” out of the ground if the pool is drained. This can result in severe structural damage. Instead, balance the water that’s already there. Test your pool water’s chemistry. Once you have the test results, make any necessary adjustments so that all chemicals are properly balanced. If you are in need of professionals to check and balance your facility’s pool, contact our pool maintenance team.

Shock Your Pool (If Necessary)

After you initially balance your pool, test the water again. If there are still pH imbalances, use a shock treatment to help clear up any lingering contaminants. It’s imperative to run your pool’s filtration system for at least 12 hours after a shock treatment. Shock treatments use strong chemicals that can be unsafe to swim in. Filtering the pool removes these harsh cleaning agents from the water. After filtering the shock treatment out of the water, test the water’s pH levels again. 

Hurricanes can leave pools in shambles, but with the right techniques and knowledge, your pool will be up and running again in no time! Because some of these steps require knowledge of pool chemistry, it’s best to let a pool professional handle the job. If you are in need of professionals to revive your facility’s pool after a storm, our pool maintenance team has got you covered! Contact us today for help with pool cleaning and balancing.