Fires, Dust and Your Pool

By September 11, 2019News
pools and fire

Need to know about correctly performing a pool clean after a fire? Following the devastating bushfires combined with local back burning, gale force winds and huge dust storms, the Gold Coast has recently been ravaged by mother nature.

If your home has been affected by smoke from a fire, it is possible that ash particles may still be present, even after the smoke has gone.

Houses, pools and gardens can be affected and the remaining ash can leave potential health hazards. If your home and pool have been affected by smoke, make sure you take steps to clean up any ash and protect your health and safety.

Easy tips for smoke & ash in pools

Posted by Pool Doctor on Thursday, September 12, 2019

Safely Cleaning up Ash or Soot

  • Wear a dust mask, gloves, a long-sleeved shirt and long pants and avoid skin contact
  • Wash any ash off your skin as soon as possible
  • Prevent children (in particular young children) playing near ash until the area is cleaned up
  • Avoid getting ash in the air as much as possible. Do not use leaf blowers or take other actions that will put ash in the air.
  • Gently sweep indoor and outdoor hard surfaces before wet mopping.
  • Use a damp cloth or wet mop on lightly dusted areas.
  • Use a vacuum cleaner with a HEPA-filter.
  • Seek further advice from your local council on clean-up activities.

Bushfires, Back Burning & Dust Storms

Many swimming pools in fire affected areas and beyond may experience a build-up of ash and debris, that will greatly impact the quality of the pool water.

After bushfires swimming pools become contaminated by impurities such as embers, ash, dust and other debris that can significantly affect the chemical balance. If left too long, the result will be dirty, green or cloudy pool water.

Pool Clean After Fire

There are several crucial steps pool owners can take to clean and maintain the pool and ensure it can be safely used again:

  • Remove as much debris and ash from the pool as you can and ensure the skimmer and pump baskets are clean
  • Clean your filtration
    • For cartridge filters, remove the cartridge and hose it down
    • For sand and media filters, backwash and rinse the filter
  • Switch the chlorinator to ‘manual’ allowing the system to run and circulate the water
  • Set up your manual vacuum and tele-pole then slowly vacuum the dust and ash on the bottom of the pool
  • Brush the steps and swim outs to bring the ash and dust into the water
  • Take a water sample to Pool Doctor in Oxenford or contact us to arrange a visit from one of our trained technicians
  • We can advise what’s required to safely rebalance your pool water and ensure it’s fine for swimming
  • Depending on the amount of impurities in the pool water one of our Pool Doctor team members can also advise whether the pool requires flocculant
  • Where ash and dirt are substantial, use a liquid or granular flocculant to make the debris and organic matter drop to the floor and vacuum to waste
  • If staining has occurred, contact the Pool Doctor team for the appropriate solution

Equipment Damage

Take note if any circuits or electrical fittings for your pump, timer or electrical equipment have been damaged by fire, it’s important to have a licensed electrician check the electrical outlets & make sure they’re still in good working order.

A Pool Doctor technician can thoroughly check your swimming pool equipment. If required, we can prepare a report and quote for your insurance company.

Due to the risk of serious damage we recommend pool owners check with an expert before emptying their pools.

Want to Know More?

Visit here for more information. Please contact us if you’d like a Pool Doctor technician to visit your property and help take the stress out of the pool clean up. Let Pool Doctor take care of your pool. You’ll be swimming sooner!

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