Spring rain turning pool into a swamp

Spring rains amplified by an “El Nino” weather system have once again dumped a lot of rain in Austin, Round Rock, Pflugerville, and Georgetown. We appreciate all the free water, but sometimes it can be too much of a good thing.

Swimming pools all around our service area benefit from all this rain. Not only does it top off our pools with free water, but also forces us to remove water from the pool when it gets too full. Removing water, saturated with minerals, from the pool is the best thing you can do for your pool, having the extra water in the pool is the perfect chance to help soften the water. When we remove water from the pool we are also removing calcium, salts, stabilizer, and other dissolved solids. A properly trained pool service technician should recognize the opportunity and act on it by removing as much water as possible to help stave off a Drain and Clean further into the future.

Austin and surrounding cities sit in “flash flood alley.” Dense population and a lot of impervious cover in our geographic location can sometimes form little rivers and streams that cut through our backyards. If you have a pool, it becomes flooded with rain run off and a lot of material is deposited in the pool. When this happens, take a deep breath, there is not much you can do about it.

When everything normalizes, don’t be to hasty in draining the pool to clean it out. The supersaturated soil your pool is resting in, once the water is removed, will allow the pool to shift. If it shifts, it could crack the structure or come out of level. The most important thing you can do is to be patient and allow the ground surrounding the pool to fully dry.

Once the ground surrounding the pool has dried out, you will need to contact a pool service to clean the mess up, or do it yourself. By now the sediment and material deposited into the pool has settled out. You will be able to remove larger pieces of debris, then remove the water with a large trash pump able to deal with the mixed debris and muddy water. Next, get a shovel and start working. A shop vac is also very helpful. Once you have removed all the debris, you will now need to sanitize the pool surfaces. I usually use a Hudson sprayer, fill it up with liquid chlorine and apply it to all surfaces with a thick layer. Repeat if necessary.

Now we are ready to refill the pool. Get a hose or two and turn them on. Most pools will fill within 24 hrs, depending on pressure.

Once the pool is full, you will need to backwash a sand filter or break it down to clean it if it is a D.E. filter or cartridge filter. Add some start up chemicals, the volume of water determines how much you will need. This might take a few adjustments to get it dialed in. Enjoy.

A Drain and Clean procedure is very labor intensive, you might need to call in a few favors from friends and family, or call Family Pool Care Services to deal with the pool that has become a swamp.

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