08 July 2011
At Tropical Pools and Pavers, we are happy that the rain is here, but we don’t want your pool to match your grass. So take a few minutes this weekend to head-off any potential issues.
- Clean out the leaves, the frogs or the bugs. (Friendly reminder: please don’t use your metal pool cleaning poles during a lightning storm.) Any decaying material should be removed to prevent an imbalance.
- Test your water and fix all of your chemical levels as soon as possible. This is also true for your Muriatic Acid levels. Muriatic Acid helps prevent staining problems in your pool and these can quickly occur when the chemicals are diluted due to the recent storms.
- Drain the excess water from your pool. To keep your water balanced, drain your pool to the middle of the skim line, but remember – NEVER leave your pump unattended while you complete the process. As a quick reminder:
- If you have a D.E. Filter make sure your pump is off, roll out your layflat hose (blue hose) and turn the black multi-port valve to waste. Turn Pump “ON.” Once you have reduced the water level, turn the valves back to your normal operating settings.
- If you have a Cartridge Filter make sure your pump is off, roll out your layflat hose (blue hose) then open the red handle ball valve that is located next to your filter. Turn Pump “ON.” Once you have reduced the water level, close the valve and return to your normal operating settings.
Once you have fixed all of the levels, don’t forget to have fun. One of our favorite things to do is to swim in our pool during a good rain storm. Of course, make sure it’s not lightning, but take a moment to go under water, open your eyes and look up at all of the raindrops hitting the surface of your pool.