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Heavy rains affect your pool in several ways.  Pool water chemistry and the addition of dirt and debris are two of the issues that need to be addressed.

When a large amount of rain water is introduced into the pool it dilutes your sanitizer level.  Lets say that you have a play pool that is 16 feet wide by 32 feet long.  Every inch of water that is added to the pool is approximately 320 gallons. This addition of water dilutes the sanitized or chlorinated water that is currently in the pool. With the addition of blown or washed in dirt and debris, this is a recipe for algae and the possibility that organisms that can cause illness in humans surviving in the pool water.  The rain water may also raise or lower your pH, which determines how active the chlorine is in the pool water.

There are certain things you can do to prevent or minimize any issues from heavy rains.  Running your filter pump and filtering the pool water more than normal is important.  This will not only remove some of the contaminants from the water, it will also allow the sanitizers and oxidizers to mix with the new water so they can do their job.  

Manually netting or vacuuming debris from the pool is also important.  Sanitizers and oxidizers will burn themselves up trying to eliminate the debris.  Any debris that you can manually remove allows the chlorine to be available to oxidize other contaminants in the water.  

It is also necessary to to test your pool water for sanitizer and oxidizer levels as well as water balance.  Adding shock and increasing your chlorine level through chlorine feeders, or adding more tabs in your floater, will help eliminate some issues.  Not only has the chlorinated pool water been diluted, but there is much more work for the chlorine to do.  You must also check your water balance (pH and alkalinity).  Rain water can be much more alkaline or acidic than the existing pool water.  It is important that you maintain a proper pH so that the chlorine can be efficient.  You may refer to my article in this blog (article 1: pH effect on Chlorine) to help you understand the importance of proper pH.  Maintaining recommended alkalinity is also important, because proper alkalinity helps you maintain proper pH. 

I hope this article helps you in your effort to properly maintain your pool.  Please check out my other articles.  It is our goal to help our customers and followers to keep their pools clear and blue, and swimmers safe.

Thank you for reading.

Frank Disher

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If you can prevent ducks from getting in your pool, then I highly recommend it. I know they are cute and fun to watch but, they are not good for your pool. Ducks carry algae on them and their waste is very bad for water chemistry. Duck feces can badly stain plaster. Every year we have customers that do not want us to disturb the ducks but, they don't want algae or stains in their pool either. I consider having ducks in a pool is like having a dog in the house that urinates and defecates on the carpet. It is not a good thing, I don't care how cute they are.

How do you keep ducks away? 
1. We have had some customers use floating alligators to keep ducks away. I have heard it is recommended that beach balls work, but I have seen them not work.
2. Anchor airborne mylar balloons around the pool area so that ducks do not want to fly in.
3. You can purchase "scare eye" balloons that are suppose to keep birds away.

Do not hurt the ducks. It is illegal to harm protected species.

I hope this helps some of you. Keep your pools clear and blue and your swimmers safe.

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Do you understand how phosphates in your pool water affect your pool water and algae? Check out our blog. http://www.alphapoolservice.net/blog/for-homeowners/entry/phosphates-and-algae

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Residential Splash Pads are quickly becoming the popular choice for backyard water entertainment. For about 1/3 the cost of a small pool, a splash pad is easy to maintain and extremely safe.
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Tie a splash pad in with a deck expansion and fire pit. 
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Pool Safety - Summer is almost here, and it is time to focus on pool safety. Access gates to a pool area are very important. Gates should be self latching and close themselves from a distance of 8 to 12 inches.  They should also open outward from the pool area, not inward. It is a good idea, required in some areas, to put a lock on all pool area gates. I recommend using a combination lock. You can simply give the combination to people that need access, eg. poolman, yardman, cable company. Have a great summer, and remember, keep your pool clear and blue, and your swimmers safe.
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