Rainwater can have acidic properties that can cause a chemical imbalance in the pool water. Consistency is important when it comes to the stability of the pool’s chemical balance, but a heavy rain can throw pH balance and alkalinity out of whack.
In addition to direct rainfall, rainwater runoff that comes from bushes, trees, foliage and other landscape as well as from the pool deck serves as another source of water entering the pool that can affect the pool water’s pH balance, calcium hardness, total dissolved solids (TDS), alkalinity and other chemical levels. This can also drop contaminants like dirt and debris into the pool water. The acidity of the rainwater can not only affect the integrity of the pool water’s chemical balance, it can even cause damage to plater or metal equipment in and around the pool itself.
To maintain the pool’s chemical balance, skim leaves and debris out the pool during dry periods, empty skimmer baskets and filter baskets and try to keep the water level consistent. Draining excess water should be a non-issue, but testing pool’s chemical levels should be a priority when the rain calms down! Re-establishing chemical balance within the pool is a fairly easy job as long as it is tackled right away. If the pool water remains in a state of imbalance for too long, it can take a little more effort to get it back to its pre-rainstorm state. Make sure the pool vacuum is doing its part to take care of dirt that may have settled at the bottom when the winds picked up.
Once the rain subsides, a quick test kit can tell a pool owner where the water may need adjustment of chemicals. For those that prefer to leave this job to the experts, Aquaman Pools’ professional pool technicians are always happy to tackle this task, as well as any other pool-related services. So enjoy the rain… and then call Aquaman Pools to ensure the pool water is balanced and healthy.