Once the storm has passed, you’re probably left with a backyard oasis that isn’t as relaxing as you left. Now it’s time to roll up your sleeves and get to work reclaiming your neighborhood, yard and pool. Recovery from a storm can be a long and difficult path, depending on the damage caused by the storm.
As always, we encourage you to be safe before, during and after the storm. Please do not drive or wade through flood waters. Listen and follow the directions given by local officials on evacuations, curfews and reentering the storm zone after evacuation.
Here are six things to do for your pool to restore it after a hurricane:
1. Remove storm debris
Remove larger debris by hand and use leaf rakes and skimmers to remove all smaller leaves and debris from your pool. If you have electricity, you can also use your automatic pool cleaner to help remove the fine debris. If you submerged any lawn furniture in your pool make sure to remove it as well!
2. Inspect your pool equipment
Uncover and inspect all of your pool equipment before turning the breakers back on. If any of your pool equipment has been exposed to water, it’s vital to have a pool professional inspect your equipment before you power them on. If you disconnected any equipment to store in a safe place, you will want to call a pool professional to have them re-install your equipment.
3. Power up your pool
Once your pool equipment has been inspected and is in good condition, prime the pump, power up your pool and put your filter to work. You may need to drain your pool a little to get the water back to down to an optimal level. It’s a good idea to backwash your filter to keep water flowing properly. Run your pump for longer hours than usual until your water is clear, and then reset your timers for normal daily filtering.
4. Balance your water chemistry
After a storm you’ll need to check and balance your water chemistry—this means pH, alkalinity, hardness and conditioner levels must be adjusted and monitored. Debris can drastically change your water chemistry, which can lead to staining and reduced effectiveness of chlorine. Make sure to check your water chemistry before adding chlorine.
5. Give it another shock
If your pool’s been contaminated by storm water or debris, a dose of chlorine will be needed to get your pool back in shape. If your water is heavily contaminated by soil, you may also need to floc your pool to get particles to settle to the pool floor, where they can then be vacuumed up.
6. Monitor your pool
Once your pool is up and running again and your water quality is back to normal, keep an eye on things for a few days. This way you’ll know that everything is working properly and you can get back to enjoying a good life with your pool.
If you missed part one of this series, make sure to read it for more helpful information on how to prepare your pool for a hurricane!