Pittsburgh has experienced heavy rains lately, this may mean flooding or the cancellation of summer plans, but it also may mean pool water issues for pool owners. Heavy rainfall can affect your pool’s water chemistry in several ways.
Although many of us may think that rainwater is pure distilled water, that is not the case. As rainfall through the air, it picks up trace amounts of a variety of pollutants, dust, spores, and other contaminants that can affect your pool’s water.
Heavy rains can affect a variety of elements in your pool water, including:
Heavy rainfall can also dilute the chlorine levels in your pool water along with leaves, debris, and dust which also use up some of your chlorine. It’s essential to up your chlorine levels when a storm is on the way to handle the dilution.
Rain can also promote algae growth, providing algae with the food they need to thrive, such as nitrates, phosphates, and other organic contaminants. You can add 1lb of pool shock per 10,000 gallons after heavy rainfall to help prevent algae growth.
At Swimming Pool Discounters, we offer a variety of pool chemicals to help you keep your pool water clean and clear. Contact us today to learn more!