Should I run my pool pump during a storm?

Author: Florian Robel V  |  Last update: Sunday, June 19, 2022

Running your pool pump during a lightning or electrical storm should be avoided as a power surge or nearby lightning strike could damage your pump. However running your pump during is beneficial. The extra filtering will help clean out the impurities rain has introduced into your pool's water.

Should you turn your pool pump off during a thunderstorm?

To prevent potentially dangerous electrical issues, it's imperative that you turn off the power to your pool equipment — such as pumps, motors, filters, heaters, chlorinators, and lighting fixtures. Even if you turn off the power to your pool equipment, it can still be damaged by wind, rain, and debris.

Should pool pump run during heavy rain?

We recommend that our customers run their pumps rain or shine UNLESS we have an electrical storm. In that case, lightning could strike an outside circuit, which could damage your pump and other equipment. If you're worried about lightening, turn the pump off or shut off the breaker.

Should I run my pool filter during a storm?

After the storm

Once the storm has cleared, the first step should be to remove any debris before it settles and contaminates the water. Next, drain the excess water; and then, check and balance the chemistry of the pool water before running the pool filter until the water clears.

Should I turn off pool filter when it rains?

Answer: It should not matter much. It could help to filter debris and contaminants the rain washes into the pool. However, lightning can be a concern with the filter running.

Should I run my pool pump during the day or at night?

Should I shock my pool before it rains?

Give your pool a good shock treatment 1 to 2 days before the storm hits. You can bring the chlorine level up pretty high to prolong the pool being depleted of chlorine.

Should I run my pool pump after it rains?

So shock your pool and keep the pump running.

And if you're wondering if you can shock a pool IN the rain, the answer is yes. Just remember that rainwater adds more contaminants, so it won't be as effective as shocking during dry weather.

Should you shock pool after heavy rain?

Shocking your pool isn't necessary, although, it's not a bad idea either. If you get an extremely heavy rain fall, you could shock your pool for good measure. This will help fight off any contaminants that the rain may have brought to your pool.

Can pool pump be left out in rain?

You should keep the pump dry and out of the rain. Rain that is allowed to fall on the pump can get into the motor and cause a short circuit, burning out the motor in the process. Cover the pump and never allow water to fall on it from above.

Can lightning strike a pool pump?

A lightning strike can damage your pool's pump, filter and heater. The strike overloads the electrical circuits and can ruin the equipment. You can install surge protectors to prevent lightning from damaging your pool, but that's just another cost that makes pool ownership too expensive.

Is it safe to swim in a pool after a storm?

High Winds, Tropical Storms, and Hurricanes

Use shock treatment on your pool one or two days before the storm. Add chlorine levels significantly during the treatment and let it run for 24 hours to allow the treatment to fill the entire pool.

Is rainwater bad for a pool?

It is a fact that rain will decrease your Total Alkalinity level in the pool over time, requiring a pool owner to raise the alkalinity. Rainwater has a Total Alkalinity near zero. Heavy rains will dilute your pool alkalinity level, causing it to fall by 5-10 ppm a day.

Do pools overflow when raining?

We get asked this question every time there is a heavy rain. That answer is pretty simple when you think about it. The pool will only overflow by the amount of rain in excess of the amount of rain needed to fill the pool to the top.

Is it safe to swim in a pool when it's raining?

Avoid contact with open waters during rainstorms to reduce your chances of encountering dangerous conditions. It's also a good idea to stay away from your pool when it's raining because your deck and other surface areas can be more slippery than usual.

Can pool pump get wet?

Yes, pumps are made to function outside and will get wet from the weather with no real problems. There is a problem, however, when poor drainage causes standing water from storms to linger around the motor. In short, the motor is not made to function sitting in a puddle of water.

How do I lower the water level in my pool after it rains?

How to Drain Water from Your Pool after Rain
  1. Clean the Pool Deck. Sweep up debris from the pool deck, and use a garden hose to clean it of dirt. ...
  2. Manually Remove Debris from the Pool. ...
  3. Turn On the Pump and Filter. ...
  4. Brush the Pool. ...
  5. Vacuum the Pool. ...
  6. Drain Some of the Water from the Pool. ...
  7. Test and Balance the Water.

How do I stop my pool from overflowing in the rain?

Here are a few ways to lower the water level:
  1. Siphon the water to lower the levels. Do be aware of where you'll put the water. ...
  2. Use your pump drain. Some pumps have drain spigots, and using this is much easier than siphoning. ...
  3. Try a submersible pump. ...
  4. Call us.

How high should pool water be on skimmer?

The level at which pool skimmers function properly is between one third and about half way up the opening of the pool skimmer. If the water level is too high the debris floating next to the opening may pass by without being pulled into the skimmer.

Why do pools go green after rain?

"Heavy rain dilutes pool chemicals, especially salt and chlorine, which causes the pool to turn green. This means the water is not sanitised or healthy, so it's vital to address this.

How do you maintain a pool after it rains?

Skim the pool to remove excess debris. Shock the pool and run the filtration system for at least 12 hours. Test and re-balance pool water.

How likely is it to get struck by lightning in a pool?

Lightning can also travel through any metal wires or bars in concrete walls or flooring." So it sounds plausible that it could happen to you. But according to Aquatic Safety Research Group, "There are no documented reports of fatal lightning strikes at indoor swimming pools. None!

How do I protect my pool from lightning?

One option is to purchase a surge protector device for your pool's computer system. The surge protector is designed to take all of the brunt from the lightning strike and protect the system for damage. It basically acts in the same way as an insurance deductible.

When should you close a pool for lightning?

Do not return to the pool until at least 30 minutes after the last lightning is sighted or thunder heard. Check the radio or online for weather service warnings to make certain all is clear.

Can you swim in an outdoor pool during a thunderstorm?

The short answer is 'yes', but there are other considerations. The biggest fear is a direct strike by lightning. When lightning strikes, it often (but not always) hits the tallest thing in the vicinity.

Can you swim in a pool during lightning?

Even pools aren't safe. While you're less likely to be directly struck in a pool since there are things around you to draw the strike (especially in an indoor pool), the charge can still reach you while you're in the water. Metal elements like the pipes and plumbing can conduct electricity.

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