North Georgia homeowners understand there are going to be times that rainfall in the pool causes challenges. In this article, we are going to talk about dealing with rainfall in the pool and how to fix the problems it can cause.
Rainfall in the Pool – It Can Cause Problems
If you are not a pool owner, rainfall can be enough trouble. When you have a big pool in your backyard and the heavy rains are coming down, you most likely are not happy. Large quantities of rain can cause huge problems, but if you know how to deal with them, you won’t have to be caught off-guard.
Problem #1 – Too Much Water In Your Pool
It’s been raining for a while and you look out to check on the rainfall in the pool and what has happened. You see that there is too much water in your pool, but what do you do?
As soon as you notice the water levels are too high, it is time to lower the water level in your pool so you can keep skimming as needed. This will help you avoid contamination from planters and deck area flooding. If you have a sand or DE filter, you can most often lower the water levels by placing the multiport value onto the “waste position” and roll out the backwash hose. If you have a slide (push-pull) valve, you should backwash the filter to lower the water level.
Your pool may have a hose spigot plumbed after the pump or the filter value. If your pool does, you can connect a hose to lower the water level. Submersible pumps are also good options when you want to keep your pool from overflowing.
The siphon method can work for you too. Take a pool vacuum hose, prime the hose in the pool to fill it with water, attach a vac head or use a heavy item for holding the hose on the first or second step, pool ladder or swim out. Once you do this, cap the other end of the hose with your palm and pull the hose away from the pool quickly and a few feet below the water level of the pool water. After doing this you can uncap the hose at ground level and let it go. Make sure to watch its progress.
#2 – Poor Water Drainage
If you notice your pool floods a lot and run-off goes into your pool instead of pool overflow only being caused by rainfall in the pool, you need to fix this problem. Your pool deck needs to slope 1/4″ for every foot and your storm run-off needs to go somewhere, but that somewhere is not in your pool. If you aren’t sure how to take care of this, you can call one of our pool professionals to help you work on the challenge.
While rainfall in the pool can be frustrating, you do not have to let it get you down. Use the solutions above to help you keep your pool safe.