How a Pool Service Can Fix Your Pool After a Storm
Did a major storm hit? Your pool probably looks awful. Fortunately, a professional pool service can fix that!
Florida is no stranger to serious storms. In fact, the 2017 Atlantic hurricane season was one of the most destructive on record. The resulting property damage was well into the billions.
A swimming pool is a huge investment and you take measures all year to keep it looking good and functioning properly. A storm can wipe away all your work in a matter of hours.
Storms, especially in Florida, bring high winds and heavy rains. This means dirt, debris, bacteria, and even structural damage to your pool. What was a blue, sparkling pool yesterday is a muddy mess today.
Fortunately, a professional pool service can easily restore things back to normal.
Let’s break down what the pros can do for you.
Inspect All Pool Components
The high winds and lighting associated with major storms and hurricanes can potentially cause damage to your pool and pool components. It’s important you call in professionals to inspect everything so you know what repairs you need.
This is extremely important if you lost power during the storm. They’ll need to remove all major debris before the power gets turned back on. They’ll also need to ensure that there’s no damage to the electrical system on the pump.
All electrical components will need to dry for at least 24 hours before turning them back on again. A professional pool service technician can tell you if an electrician needs to come out. In the meantime, they can clean the pool manually.
They can also check for leaks in the pump and filtration system, along with structural leaks in the pool itself. These measures are more common after hurricanes and severe storms.
Drain and Clean the Pool
It doesn’t take a hurricane for your swimming pool to end up looking like a swamp. A severe thunderstorm can fill it with dirt, leaves, and other debris. In this case, a professional pool service can provide a quick solution.
Draining the Pool
After a heavy storm, it may be necessary to drain your pool slightly. This is the case if the water level fills to above the skimmer due to added rainwater.
Always remember, you should let a technician make the call on whether to drain your pool and how much to drain. It may be tempting to drain the pool yourself to rid it of contaminated water. This is a bad idea and can lead to further problems.
After draining slightly, they will remove any dirt and debris that’s floating on the surface. They’ll then remove any additional debris that’s made its way to the bottom of your pool.
They’ll also clean out the skimmer basket, which has probably filled with debris as well. They can get pool tiles, walls, and steps looking like new and even clean the equipment area if needed.
Professional pool technicians work with industry standard equipment, including nets, vacuums, and brushes. They also have experience, so you know your pool will come out looking great after a bad storm.
Test the Water
A common issue after a major storm is a shift in the pH balance of your pool. Heavy rains and debris can cause the chemical makeup of the water to go haywire. This usually means a drop in the pH balance.
A shift in this balance results in green, murky water. You want to avoid swimming in the pool until the levels are back to normal and the pool gets cleaned.
A professional pool service technician can check the balance and determine what needs to happen to level things out. They may even want to check the sanitizer and alkalinity levels.
Shocking the Pool
After checking the pH balance, they may determine that shocking your pool is necessary. This ensures that any contaminants brought in by the rain are done away with.
Shocking your pool probably isn’t necessary after a light rain. But if heavy storms hit, which they often do in Florida, then it’s probably a good idea.
A technician will most likely drain your pool to the mid skimmer point. This is so the skimmer can help clean the surface.
Once this is done, they will super-chlorinate the pool. This helps kill contaminants from the rain and other debris.
Your technician may also need to add a chemical to kill phosphates contained in things like sewage and heavy soils. These chemicals prevent the growth of algae and cause soils to sink to the bottom so they can get vacuumed.
It’s important that after you have your pool shocked, nobody swim in it for at least 48 hours.
Repair Pool Equipment
We discussed clearing out the skimmer baskets after a storm, but along with cleaning the filtration system, you may have damage that requires professional repair work. The most common repairs involve the pump and motor.
After the inspection, you may discover that your pump has a leak. A professional pool service technician will need to repair this before it’s used again.
Other issues that may require professional repairs include:
- Heater damage
- Pump is sucking in air
- Low flow rate
- Pump is turning off prematurely
- Pump is making strange noises
It’s important the power remains off while performing any repairs. Your technician will know when it’s safe to turn your pump back on.
Have Professional Pool Service Performed After a Storm
After a severe storm or hurricane, your main concern is getting everything back to normal for you and your family. The damage that heavy storms can inflict on swimming pools may possibly lead to further damage and repairs if not addressed right away.
If your pool equipment suffered damage from high winds and debris, you’ll need a technician to diagnose the issue immediately. Repairs may be in order before you can use your pool again. It may also require a cleaning that goes beyond your level of skill or knowledge.
We specialize in a wide range of pool services, including pump repair and general cleaning and maintenance. Contact us today to schedule service.