The rainy season is quickly approaching San Diego and southern California, though we never receive a large amount of rain a decent amount can have an adverse effect on your pool waters chemical balance. Depending on the amount of rain your pool receives will determine the actions you will need to take to fix any issues that could arise from the inclusion of extra water, debris and other biological matter that could have made its way into your pool. Let's look closer at the different methods you might employ if your pool has been exposed to rain.
Light rain: For the most part light rains over a short period of time will not cause a great deal of significant change to your pools ecosystem or chemical balance. If you have a longer period of light rain you may want to keep on top of the pool chemicals that will be adjusted to the small influx of additional water. For the most part, the smaller rainstorms are not going to disturb your pool. When the rain stops, get out your pool test kit and make any small adjustments that are necessary.
Medium rain: With more rain can come more biological matter that may make its way into your pool. Biological matter can come in the form of leaves, soil, even insects. You will immediately want to remove surface debris as soon as the rain has ended if the rain is going to last for a long period of time you will want to skim the surface of the pool as needed and run your vacuum to remove any debris that has settled to the bottom on your pool. When the rain has subsided you will need to test your pool's chemicals and make adjustments as needed.
Heavy rain: With heavy rain comes a plethora of possible inconveniences that could throw off the balance of your pool. Large rainstorms can bring down leaves, tree branches, move lawn furniture and possibly large amounts of soil. All of this biological material can easily dirty your pool, introduce bacteria, algae, and other unsavory additions. After a heavy rain, you will need to remove all debris, run your vacuum and filter for a decent amount of time. Your chemicals will be thrown off likely but first, you will likely want to shock your pool with extra chlorine to kill anything that could have been introduced.
These are just a few things to consider when your pools experience large amounts of additional water and organic material. Please be careful to make any needed adjustments. Leaving debris to long in your pool can stain your plaster, improperly balanced chemicals can cause your plaster yo become damaged. If you have plaster that needs replacing call us at San Diego Pool Plaster.