How To Take Care of Your Pool After a Hurricane
If your pool has been flooded by stormwater, sewage water or any other possible contaminants, as well as your pool equipment submerged in the flood waters please see recommended startup list.
1. DO NOT DRAIN YOUR POOL: "Pool pop-up phenomenon" is always a possibility especially right after a severe storm and or flood. The soil conditions surrounding your pool are saturated and expanded putting upward pressure on your pool shell.
2. If your pool is on a weekly maintenance program with a pool professional contact them to see what their schedule is and what recommendations they have for your specific pool and discuss with them the items in this checklist.
3. Try to clean out as much debris out of your pools as possible. Next clean the skimmers, main drains, robot cleaner bags, as well as pump baskets.
4. Go to pool equipment and turn off all your breakers at the pool equipment, then go to your home breaker box and reset your pool breakers that may have tripped. If the breaker won't reset call an electrician or a pool service company. If your main breaker resets then go to your pool equipment break box and slowly one by one reset your equipment breakers and see if the equipment is working. (If your equipment was running during the storm it may have sucked up a tremendous amount of mud and debris and may have burned out.) If the breakers come on and equipment starts up monitor the water to make sure it starts flowing through the pumps.
5. Check the pressure gauge on your filters if it is close to or over 30 psi turn off your equipment and clean your filters. The pump probably sucked up a lot of debris before the equipment went off. Note the pressure when you restart the pool after cleaning the filters it should be much lower.
6. Get pool Shock from your local pool supply store. The Standard pool dose is 1# of Dichlor-Shock per 10,000 gallons of water. Due to the heavy possible contaminates we are going to recommend that you double that dose. Do not swim in the pool for at least 48 hours; not that you would want to at this point.
7. Run your pool equipment for 24 hours a day until the water returns to its normal clear state. Continue to monitor the pressure in the filter. If it gets to 30 psi again clean or backwash your filter.
8. Brush pool two to three times every day to keep dirt stirred up so it can make it to the pool filter.
9. Even though you might not be able to see the bottom of the pool vacuum the pool every day. Note: You will most likely have to backwash sand and DE filters each time you do this or clean the cartridges.
10. If you cannot make any positive changes on your pool after trying to get it clean please contact your local pool builder or service company to get on their list to drain and clean if necessary under controlled supervision. If the pool clears up with the above procedures you can always cancel but most companies are many weeks behind so it is best to get on their schedule now.
11. WATER QUALITY SAFETY : Chlorine is a powerful sanitizer however, organisms like cryptosporidium, E-Coli among others can be resistant to chlorine and can be dangerous to your family's health. We recommend if there is any chance that flood waters could have been in contact with dead animals from say a reservoir or field, or any chance of sewage entered your pool or if you just want that extra piece of mind we recommend dosing with additional pool products on startup. Products like, Sea Klear PRS stage 1 and 2 which can help trap germs in the filter, and or if your suspicious of the flood water there are bacteria test strips you can get online or from local pool supply stores just for that extra piece of mind.
Once the cleaning process starts, we will need to balance the water again:
1. Clean or backwash filters. Note pressure when starting back up after cleaning.
2. Take the water sample to your local pool supply store or Immediately check water chemistry using your test kit or strips. They will tell you what you need to adjust Total Alkalinity and PH as required before adding any other chemicals.
3. Fill chlorine tablet feeder if installed on your pool.
4. Shock the pool using Dichlor at the rate of 1# per 10,00 gallons of water
5. With the soft rainwater, you are more than like going to need to check your water hardness and add some calcium back to the pool to prevent damage to the pool plaster.
6. With the diluted pool water, you're going to probably need to add chlorine stabilizer to the pool as well, so don't think the stores are just trying to sell your unwanted products.
7. Continue to monitor pressure on the filter and clean or backwash each time the pressure gets 10# higher than the normal pool pressure.
Good luck and safe swimming.
*This list is a suggested list of steps to help you with your swimming pool. However, it is not an all-encompassing list as every pool or situation is different. Following these suggestions is something you choose to do of your own free will, and you agree to hold any posting entity harmless from any damages.
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