Did you know that you need to check your swimming pool after it rains? At least this is true if you have an outdoor pool. Not everyone knows this. In fact, some of you may ignore your pool as soon as the rain stops pouring. But before you start planning outdoor activities after the sun comes out, you need to look at your swimming pool first.

First of all, if the rain poured really hard for a long time, that might have caused your pool to overflow. This is not really a problem and you do not have to worry about bailing water out like a sinking boat. All you have to do is to place your filter on the washer setting mode and it will take care of itself. Just make sure to change the mode once the water reaches the desired level.

Another reason why you need to check your swimming pool is the reaction of the rain water with the pool water. Rain is acidic. If it mixes with the pool water, that might lower the pH level. As you know the pH should not go lower than 7.2. When that happens, the water can cause the pool’s surface to be damaged and the equipment might corrode. This water will also make the water uncomfortable for the swimmers.

If there are chemicals in the pool, that will also be diluted by the rain water. That might cause algae to break out or the pool water might look cloudy. If the rain is only light, you do not have to worry about a thing. But if it is a rain shower, then you need to consider putting more chemicals in your pool or change the whole thing.

In case the rain came with strong winds (or if you just went through a full blown storm), that might have caused some dirt and debris to land on the pool. You need to clean this. After cleaning, you have to check the chlorine and the level of sanitizer to make sure it is the right one. The sanitizer will help fight off any contaminants that may have landed in the pool. In fact, this is something that you may have to do even if your pool looks clean and clear after the rain.

Again, if just went through heavy rains, it helps to skim and vacuum the whole pool. Only after that should you test the chemistry of the pool water.

When you conduct all of these checks and measurements, make sure that the rainy season is over. If you add more chemicals or go through all the cleaning and vacuuming process, it might be for nothing if it rains the next day or even the week after.

If the rainy season is just about to start, it might be better to cover the surface of the swimming pool to keep the rainwater from mixing. Or you can opt to drain it all. That is entirely up to you. Just make sure you check your pool after the rainy season so it will be ready for use when the summertime comes.

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