How Florida Rain Affects Your Pool
Rain affects your pool more than you might think. Welcome to Florida, where it’s always rainy, sunny, or both at the same time! All jokes aside, rain is a common part of life in Florida. It affects a lot of things in our daily activities, which even includes your pool. That’s right, rainwater can affect your pool water in a variety of not-so-wonderful ways. Whether it be because of direct contact with rainwater or the miscellaneous things that storms can throw into your pool, there are things about Florida rain that negatively impact your pool’s well-being. In today’s article, we’re going to get into why this is and how you can help minimize the damage. Ready? Let’s learn!
Rain Affects Your Pool
Rain is harmless enough, right? Pretty much all plants love it, people and animals can run around in it, and no one seems negatively affected. While rainwater itself is no danger to us, rain affects your pool and can pose a danger to your pool’s delicate chemical balance. How does it do this? It can dilute the chemicals that keep your pool clean and functioning. It can even change the pH level of your pool, throwing off the balance of the water in it and making it more acidic. This means that there’s a higher risk of skin irritation and even damage to the pool.
The rain affects your pool by sometimes creating a runoff from the surrounding area, which sweeps nasty little things like algae into your pool. It could also bring in worse things, like mold or insects, which can flourish in dirty water and humidity. This is absolutely not good for the health of you or your pool, and that is why you want to try to keep your pool protected from heavy rain and do corrective care as soon you can get to it!
How You Can Help
While you can’t stop the rain (if you can, then congrats to you on your wizardry skills!), you can help minimize its impact on your outdoor pool. First of all, you don’t need to worry about every little sprinkle that happens. These don’t cause much of a change to your pool. It’s the heavy rain that is likely to cause these problems. That’s part of why storm prep is so important here, which includes finding a way to protect your pool.
So, what can be done after a big rainstorm passes through to help prevent any damage to your pool?
- Clean out the debris. Using your pool skimmer, fish out anything that may have fallen into the water: plant matter, bugs, etc. This should be done as quickly as possible to minimize the time that anything can start to grow in there.
- Remove excess water using a pump if there has been enough rain to overfill the pool water level. Excess water can cause your pump and filter to stop working as efficiently.
- Test the water for the chemical balance. Your pool has very specific levels that need to be maintained in order for it to be safe to swim in. This testing can be done with an at-home test strip kit. If needed, make adjustments until the levels are correct.
- Consider investing in a pool cover. There are plenty of options for these, from simple tarps all the way to glass pool shelters. This will help minimize the amount of rain that makes it into your pool, along with keeping out debris that’s being blown around.
Florida will always have big rainstorms throughout the year, so knowing these prevention/recovery tips and understanding how rain affects your pool will definitely come in handy. Your pool can and will be able to be enjoyed as long you remember to keep it well-maintained, rain or shine!
Now, that you know how rain affects your pool, we know you are ready to enjoy a clean refreshing pool. We also want to make sure that you take all of the safety steps we’ve mentioned here before doing so! This will help keep your home, your family, and your investment in maintenance happy and safe. Whether you’re new to owning pools or an old pro, remember that each pool is different, and each pool has its own safety and care needs.
Don’t forget to install a Baby Barrier Safety Fence. These are specifically designed for each pool to keep your family, pets and guest safer, even when you are not watching your pool. Check out all the safety fence options and schedule your estimate today!
Now get out there and make a splash!