We are entering the rainy season in Vancouver. So what happens when rain and pool water meet? How do you care for your pool during the rainy months? Today, we will tell you everything you need to know about your pool and rain.
The impact of rain and pool water mixing
Rain and pool water may seem like they just blend together with no trouble, but appearances can be deceiving. In reality, rain can have a significant effect on your pool. Heavy rain will increase the water level in your pool and can bring debris with it, leaving your water dirty.
Most importantly, rain can be acidic. Because of this, it can have an impact on your pool water’s chemistry. All this means that you have to care for your pool during the rainy season.
What to do if rain and pool water mix
If rain has gotten into your pool water, it is important to take a few key maintenance steps…
1. Check the water level
The first thing to do is check your water level. If you find that your level is significantly off, you may need to remove water from your pool. This step is especially important after a heavy rain storm.
2. Clean the water
If there is debris in the water, make sure to skim it out. After you have done that, you should clean your pool’s filter to ensure that it is clean and working effectively. Depending on how dirty the water got, you may need or want to shock your pool.
3. Test the water
Whether you shock the water or not, you need to check the chemical levels. Rain and pool water blending together is going to have an effect on the chemical balance. Therefore, you need to look at the water’s alkalinity, pH, and sanitizer levels. Depending on what your testing shows, you may have to spend some time adding chemicals to rebalance the water. Make sure that it is properly balanced again before anyone goes swimming.
4. Plan for the future
This is a lot of work if you are doing it every time there is rain in Vancouver. Given that, it can help to look ahead, planning how to protect your pool water from the rain in the future. The simplest way to do that is to get a pool cover. Even the most basic cover can make a world of difference, however, we always recommend using a high-quality pool cover for safety reasons, as well as durability.
When you are dealing with rain and pool water mixing, knowing how to properly test your chemical levels is vital. Do not feel comfortable with your testing skills? Learn how you properly use a pool test kit here!