Arizona’s monsoon season begins on June 15 and continues until September 30. Monsoon season is characterized by high winds and heavy rainfall. The latter of which, while welcome, can cause flooding in parts of the state. Motorists are cautioned against driving in areas prone to flooding and pool owners must be diligent in caring for their pools. Also associated with monsoon season are higher humidity, dust storms, and extreme heat. On Thursday, July 11, Arizona saw its first high of 114˚F
What Is a Monsoon?
“A monsoon is a seasonal change in the direction of the prevailing, or strongest, winds of a region” (National Geographic). Monsoons typically occur in the summer months and peak in July and August. Monsoon season brings a humid climate, heavy rainfall, and oppressive winds. Torrential showers can cause roads, swimming pools, and inground spas to flood in minutes as well.
Monsoon Season vs. Your Pool
Proper pool maintenance is critical for ensuring crystal clear, sanitary water, regardless of time or season. During monsoon season, however, heavy rain can negatively impact the balance of pool chemicals. The cause, according to Hayward, is the acidic properties of rainwater. “The pH of rain across the US, which is all acid rain, is due to industrial gasses such as nitric oxide and sulfur oxide.”
Aside from water chemistry levels, the monsoons’ high winds can shift dirt and debris into your pool, causing the water to become cloudy. Then there is the threat of unsecured patio furniture, umbrellas, and even barbecue grills being blown into the water. Flooding is another common problem. Any of these issues can change your water’s chemistry. Safe and proper levels are as follows:
- pH: 7.4-7.6
- Chlorine: 2.0-4.0 ppm
- Total Alkalinity: 80-120 ppm
- Calcium Hardness: 200-400 ppm
- Cyanuric Acid (stabilizer): 30-50 ppm
Tips for Caring for Your Pool
Different weather conditions are going to have different effects on your pool. For example, high winds, humidity, and temps can accelerate water evaporation or chemical concentration. Add water using a garden hose or automatic leveler and adjust chemicals as needed. Consider a solar cover to mitigate water evaporation. Then, there is also the problem of too much rain, which can cause flooding of the pool or filtration system. Adjust chemical levels, drain water from pool, and remove water from equipment area.
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