Simple Solutions for Repairing Hurricane-Damaged Swimming Pools

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In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, BioGuard recommends simple steps for cleaning up a pool after the storm.

Hurricane-force winds and rain pose special challenges to pool owners once clean-up efforts begin.

Hurricane-force winds and rain pose special challenges to pool owners once clean-up efforts begin. In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, BioGuard, one of the nation’s premier suppliers of pool and spa products, recommends the following simple steps for cleaning up a pool after the storm:

1.    Remove all solid debris from the pool.

2.    For in-ground pools, examine pool edges and the ground around the pool for damage. For above-ground pools, inspect the pool structure. Seek help from a professional pool builder or repair service to correct any structural problems.

3.    Ensure the pump motor is adequately dry before resuming operation. Drain down any excess water from the pool.

4.    Use a floccing agent and vacuum the waste. Flocculants are chemical compounds that when added to water cause suspended agents to sink. Once settled on the bottom of the pool, the previously suspended articles can be vacuumed.

5.    Circulate the pool for 24 hours, and then test the pH, Total Alkalinity and Calcium Hardness (or take about a pint of water to your local pool dealer for a quick, computerized chlorine demand analysis). Make adjustments as needed. For chlorinated pools, apply a double dosage of a chlorinating shock product. If using a non-chlorine, biguanide system, add both sanitizer and a double dosage of the shock product. Circulate pool again for 24 hours.

6.    Monitor the chlorine level for the next 24 hours to ensure you can maintain a 1 - 3ppm level. Add chlorinating shock as needed to maintain levels. For biguanide pools, monitor sanitizer level (holding 40ppm) and shock levels (maintaining 40ppm - 60ppm) for 24 hours. Add products as needed to maintain proper levels.

7.    Clean the filter.

8.    After water is balanced and sanitizer levels are stable, you can resume use of the pool.

For more information, visit http://www.bioguard.com to locate your nearest BioGuard dealer.

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