It’s no secret that stormy weather has hit upstate New York hard this year. In fact, grey skies and torrential downpours are becoming somewhat of a norm around here, aren’t they? This is of course discouraging for pool owners, who have to work around the nasty forecast to enjoy their backyards. But what’s even more frustrating is the aftermath that a storm may have on your pool water, especially if you’re hoping to swim the next day. This summer in particular, there’s no option but to take advantage of the warm, sunny days as much as possible. How can you manage that however, if summer storms are constantly meddling with your water chemistry?
Luckily, we’ve put together a few tips below to help guide you through this wet season and get you closer to enjoying your backyard:
1. Get Your Water Tested (Often)
Though testing your water is a big part of keeping your pool looking beautiful weather wonky or not, it is especially important when experiencing summer storms. North Eastern’s retail manager, Andrea, had this to say on the topic:
“Getting your water tested is SO important right now. The rain is creating havoc with peoples ph and alkalinity. I tested the rain last week on Thursday, and it had a ph of 6 and an alkalinity of 0! Customers are going through chlorine like crazy right now.”
With the unpredictability of rainwater chemistry, test your water often. Bonus points for stopping into our store for a free test and some pro pool advice!
2. Clean it Up
After a storm, one of the first things you’ll want to do is clean your pool. You can use a skimmer to remove any debris from the top layer of the water, and you might also want to vacuum and brush the walls. The amount of time this will take of course depends on the severity of the storm, so you may not have much work to do at all after only experiencing, for example, a light shower.
3. Use Your Filter
Using your filter may seem like a simple solution, but it can make all the difference. You may even want to run the filter at an above average rate after a storm, and always ensure that you’re keeping it clean and maintained.
4. Shock It
“Look at your car after it rains. Notice all the dirt and dust on the car ? The rain is full of dirt and algae creating a huge chlorine demand. Increasing filter running times and weekly shocking is a must right now to keep pools clean and clear through this monsoon season,” says Andrea.
Still not sure how to keep the pool clear throughout a stormy season? No prob — just stop into our store for some personalized direction!