Keep your pool swim ready these easy steps and show that monsoon who’s boss!
The official monsoon season for Arizona runs from June 15th – September 30th. Massive dust storms (haboobs) and heavy rains make the news on a regular basis. Even if you have a pool service, expect to do some storm prep and cleanup — pool services are usually very busy in the first day or two after a storm and bacteria and algae grow exponentially in the summer heat. Savvy pool owners have a short pre-storm and post-storm procedure to keep their pools clean and clear.
The secret to a sparkly pool is preparation and quick cleanup.
Heavy rains can disrupt a pool’s chemical balance, allowing bacteria and algae to thrive, while dirt, debris, and leaves dumped by a haboob can clog vacuums and pumps. To prevent damage to your pool, cool decking, and pool equipment, follow these quick steps:
Before storm hits:
- Put away umbrellas and pool toys, and secure outdoor furniture. Strong winds are capable of tossing these into your pool or blowing them right out of the neighborhood.
- IF you have a mesh cover, cover the pool. This will prevent the majority of debris and dust from blowing into the pool during the storm. Please note: A solid cover will get swamped and possibly damage your pool, so skip this if you don’t have a mesh cover.
- If flooding is likely, turn the electricity to the pump equipment off until the storm is over.
After the storm:
- Skim the surface debris and vacuum the pool as soon as possible.
- Check pool filter operation.
- Check filter baskets and empty as needed (at least twice a day during cleanup).
- Test the water. You may need to shock the pool to speed up the rebalancing act.
- Brush the pool.
- Run the pool pump overnight to give it plenty of time to filter out fine particles.
- Test the water again before your next swim.
When that first storm hits this season, you can enjoy the awesome spectacle without worry. Let the dust blow! You’ve got a plan.