Have you ever spent a summer in Arizona? Then you have witnessed how the Monsoon Season can effect your pool water. During the summer months, every pool owner in AZ have to deal with incredible dust-storms called “haboobs”that appear during monsoon season. It is nice to get the cool rains and winds until the next morning when you see your pool full of dirt and leaves. It is very important to check your pool after the storm. Even if you currently have weekly service from Arizona Pool Service, it may require you to perform these preventative measures until your next scheduled day of service..
- Ensure your filter is working properly. The debris entering your pool needs to come out somehow and the sooner, the better. By making sure your filter is working efficiently and effectively, whatever enters your pool can be removed. Once your pool is clean though, make sure to check the filter pressure. If your filter pressure is about 8-10 psi higher than what it was originally, it would be a good idea to clean the filter if its a Cartridge or DE filter or just backwash if its a sand filter
- Brush, skim, and check your filter baskets. Your system can’t handle all types and sizes of debris. To prevent any issues with the system caused by a blockage or clog, skimming or netting out your bigger leaves and other outside materials with help that not to occur. By brushing, you can speed up the cleaning process by moving dirt and other finer materials toward the main drain in your pool. Using a manual vacuum is also a good option to help remove dirt and also prevents anything from getting stuck on your pool surface that could cause a stain, for example. Any debris that then makes it through the system will be caught in your filter basket, which needs to be cleaned regularly for optimal system performance.
- Shock your pool. Algae spores and other material can enter your pool because of a storm. By adding the recommended amount of shock to your pool, you can make sure it stays sanitized. If you have a salt system, you can typically find a “boost” feature to increase the amount of chlorine produced by the cell for a short period of time.
- Run your system overnight. Brushing and shocking won’t be effective at cleaning your pool if the water isn’t being filtered and circulated. Running your system for an extended period of time allows not only the debris you’ve stirred up in the water, but also the material that has been killed by the shock, to be removed by your filter.
- Manually test your water, Rain and other debris can interfere with your pool’s water balance and sometimes things need to be adjusted afterward. In order to get a sense of what has chemically changed from the storm, a simple water test can show you what you need to do to make sure your pool is ready for use.
Each storm is different, but by completing these steps above, recovering from a haboob can be easy and you can get back to swimming in no time. Call Arizona Pool Service for all your Green pool and storm clean up needs.