Cleaning Up After A Storm
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In this Leslie’s Swimming Pool Supplies Video, we will show you how to clean your pool after a storm.
- Do NOT drain the water from your pool
- Use a skimmer to remove most of the debris
- Clean your skimmer basket, and check your pool equipment for water damage
- You can use a siphon to return your water level back to normal
- Brush and vacuum your pool
- Shock your pool once it is clean
- Test your water
- After you balance your water chemistry, run your filtration system until your water is perfectly clean
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Hi I'm Peter with Leslie's swimming pool supplies and this video will show you how to clean your pool after a storm. Severe weather along with natural disasters can bring dirt, debris and other contaminants into your pool. It's important not to drain the water from your pool after a storm. Although it may be tempting to remove the water, it can be dangerous because it can lead to your pool popping up out of the ground due to an elevated water table from the rain. Your best bet is to clean the water currently in your pool no matter how dirty it may look.
First, use a skimmer net to remove the majority of debris. Don't worry if some smaller dirt particles are still in your pool they'll be vacuumed up later in the cleaning process. Before running your filtration system, it's a good idea to clean out the pump strainer and skimmer baskets. If not properly cleaned, they can cause your system to clog up. Before turning your pool equipment back on, check for any signs of water damage. If the equipment’s dry go ahead and turn it back on. If it's damaged consult a licensed electrician and have them come out to fix it.
During a severe storm some extra water might find its way into your pool. Use a submersible pump or siphon to return your water levels back to normal, which is about halfway up your skimmer opening or the pool tile. It's okay to drain the small amount of water just so long as you're returning it to its normal level.
Now it's time to remove the smolder particles from your pool. Brush the pool to help loosen up any debris on the surface and then vacuum the pool to remove dirt and debris with your filtration system. Once your pool is clean, it's important to shock the pool to make sure any contaminants entered will be sanitized. Products such as Leslie's Power Powder plus or Leslies Chlor Brite will work for this. If contaminants are left in the pool for too long, there's a possibility that algae will form. Once the pool has been shocked make sure your water chemistry is balanced by completing the water test at home or taking a sample is your local Leslies Store.
Once you balance your water chemistry, you can now run your filtration system until your water is perfectly clean. This can take a few days but make sure your system is running the entire time. Have your skimmer baskets as soon as they fill up with debris and make sure to clean your filter if the pressure gauge is eight to 10 pounds per square inch higher than usual.
If you have any other questions about cleaning up your pool after storm call or visit your local Leslies to talk to an expert. For more videos & pool care tips visit our website.