Rain and Your Pool’s Chemicals

Rain, rain, go away! Though the rain can replenish and hydrate the plants around your home, rain is actually a bit of a nuisance for pool owners. In this blog, we will discuss the damages rainwater can do to your pool and what you can do to fix it.
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Rain water is bad for your pool.

Rain can be a lot of fun. When you are a kid, you love the rain for the chance to splash around in your rain boots. The cool feeling of rain hitting your cheeks is what makes this type of weather so fun when you are younger. But, when you get older, rain quickly can become more of a nuisance than anything else. How?
Rain complicates a lot of things in your life when you get older. For one, rain makes roads slick and hazardous. Most adults have to drive to work, which means that rain adds risk factors for their commute to work. Most accidents occur when roads are wet after fresh rain.
Second, rain has a knack for damaging certain aspects of your home. As a child, you may not have paid attention, but rain can be destructive. If there is a leak in your house, rainwater can easily flood an area and even cause mold to begin to grow.
Lastly, and most costly, rain can damage the chemical balance of your pool and jacuzzi (if you have an outdoor one). Your pool water is a compilation of different chemicals working together to ensure that your pool is clean, clear, and safe to use. If there is a mistake in your pool chemical balance, the pH balance of your pool will be thrown off and algae can begin to grow. Algae are nonflowering plants that begin as small spores in your pool. In just a few days, algae can overtake your pool and give it a greenish tint. Pools with algae are not safe to swim in due to the fact that the water has traces of algae spores in the water; these spores can cause respiratory issues if ingested.

The pH of rain is acidic.

But, why is rainwater specifically bad for your pool? Rainwater in the US is acidic, which is why it is called acid rain. This acidic rainfall comes from industrial gasses that enter the atmosphere and make both nitric and sulfuric acid. Rainwater is acidic, which means that it can change the alkaline levels in your pool. When your pool water is too acidic, this doesn’t necessarily mean algae will overrun your pool, however, acidic pool water can cause skin irritations. Not only is acidic water no fun to swim in, but the acid can wear away your pool’s walls and corrode any metals in your pool, such as the hand railings. Acidic water also makes it so that chlorine evaporates faster, which means your pool is less clean.

Rain water can cause “run-off.”

Rainwater can also ruin your pool’s pH level by natural run-off. When your region gets a lot of rainfall, water can naturally stream its way into your pool. When this run-off occurs, your pool can be introduced to dirt, debris, and even bits of plant life. All of these items can seriously damage your pool’s pH level and cause algae to begin to grow. The best way to prevent run-off is by adding drains to your pool deck or next to your pool. This can ensure that the run-off from your deck is redirected and that extra rainwater won’t enter your pool and flood it.

AmeriTex Pool Services in Houston, Texas

AmeriTex Pool Services is here to help you clean your pool and ensure it is working with the highest quality of water. After all, what use is a pool if you can’t swim in it? Acidic pools are no fun to splash around in, which means that your pool can become neglected over time and continue to deteriorate. Contact AmeriTex Pool Services today for your pool chemical maintenance needs. We can help ensure that your pool is running as smoothly as possible, and you can use your pool all year-round. Speak with one of our representatives today.