Rain, rain go away! A light, gentle rainfall may not be a concern for a swimming pool owner. A monsoon rain or if inches and inches of rainfall you may be looking at changes and impacts to the water chemistry because of it. The swimming pool service and construction contractors from Imperial Pools in Decatur and Champaign, Illinois explain that the amount of rain and debris that falls into the pool can impact water safety and might require a special service visit. They have tips for caring for your pool following a rainstorm.

If you’re home and you hear that a storm is coming, you can take measures to protect the pool. Cover it. Turn off the electricity if lightning or heavy rain is predicted. If you hear that you need to “batten down the hatches!” because of strong winds, then remove anything that could blow into the pool. Move it out of the pool area or tie it down so it doesn’t blow into the pool and damage it.

Tips for caring for your pool following a rainstorm

After the storm has passed, what should you do?

  1. Clean off the pool cover before you remove it.
  2. Clean the pool water. Brush the walls and floor and vacuum it.
  3. If there is large debris, remove that before you vacuum.
  4. Test the water.
  5. Add chemicals as necessary.
  6. Depending on the amount of rainfall you may need to drain the pool a bit to get it back to proper and safe levels.
  7. Call us to schedule an additional, or emergency, pool cleaning in case the water chemistry is so out of balance that you can’t get it back in line on your own.

Hurricane-prone area pool owners know what it’s like to deal with the aftermath of a rainfall brought in by hurricane force winds and what needs to be done to care for the pool and get it back to swimming condition.