WOW—how about this awesome weather we are having right now! I cannot remember such great weather in August—very conducive to being outdoors. Pete Delkus of WFAA had some interesting things to report earlier this week:
- This summer, our rainfall total is 13.03”, which is 6.98” above normal.
- The long term forecast for the rest of August calls for lower than average temperatures.
With that being said, the rains coupled with the high pool water temperatures can make keeping clear, sparkling water more challenging than normal. As a reminder, following are the steps to take immediately after the rain ends:
- Remove debris from the skimmer baskets, pool surface, & floor of pool.
- Check the water chemistry and be sure that the pH is in the proper range (7.2-7.6).
- Super chlorinate according to label directions (or increase chlorine generator percentage).
- Consider operating the pump and automatic cleaner for an extended period of time to help clean up the pool. This sometimes creates a dirty filter—therefore clean/backwash the filter as needed.
- If problems still exist, bring a sample of your water into Gohlke Pools for a complete water analysis.
And do not forget to keep the pH in the proper range (7.2-7.6) and the chlorine levels fairly high (2-4ppm).
Enjoy the rain and cool weather—it is a real blessing this time of year!