As a resident in the Las Vegas area dealing with storms and having a swimming pool can be quite challenging not to mention the headaches that occur because of the amount of cleanup after. Earlier this week, the Las Vegas area got pummeled with another storm that brought extremely high winds, rain, and hail! As much as the rain is welcomed to our area because of drought conditions the high winds introduce dirt, pollen, leaves and so much more into your swimming pool that is extremely important to remove as soon as possible. Being diligent about cleaning up your swimming pool after a storm can prevent filtration issues, chemistry problems and damage from occurring to your swimming pool and interior finish. With this blog post, we hope to give you some insight on what you can do after a storm even if you have a weekly pool service and maintenance company taking care of your pool.
Just because you have a weekly service company doesn’t mean that you won’t have to do anything with your pool. Yes, they will come clean it and balance your water with the proper chemicals but what happens if they were there on a Tuesday and that night a storm rolled in? Waiting for them to come back can cause algae to grow in your pool, staining to the liner and potential filtration issues too. As stated above, high winds will bring pollen, vegetation and so much more into your swimming pool. This can eat up chlorine quicker if left in the swimming pool and the sooner you remove it the better. This prevents leaves, branches, palm trees and whatever other debris from sinking to the bottom of the swimming pool and staining the plaster if left untreated. Skimming the surface of the pool along with emptying the pump/skimmer baskets will keep an adequate flow of water in and out of your filtration equipment too. Blockage in the skimmer basket could cause a motor to burn out and improper filtration.
If you have a lot of debris in your swimming pool, adding additional chlorine will help keep the pool properly sanitized and brushing the dirt off of the steps, benches, and sides of the interior finish can help too. One way to prep your swimming pool when you know a storm is coming is turning on your filter to keep things moving and adding additional sanitizer before the storm hits. Depending on what type of filter you have a backwash or cleaning of the filters might be necessary after cleanup!
As always, if you should have any questions or are looking for an estimate on taking care of your residential swimming pool, contact us today!