Step 1. Remove any branches, etc. Scoop all of the larger dirt and debris from the pool. Empty the skimmer and pump baskets.

In the case of the water being very dirty you will need to floc the pool. Floc is a settling agent that will drop all the remaining debris to the bottom of the pool so you can vacuum it to waste. Talk to your local pool shop for advice on how best to use floc. It works best when the pH is high and as our rain is acidic, you will need to add a pH raiser to use floc.

Step 2. If your pool has been in the floods, you may have effluent and other contaminates in the water. You will need to shock dose your pool. This means you will need to raise the chlorine level to 10ppm for a day or 2 to kill the bacteria.

Step 3. Take a sample of water to your local pool shop for testing – then rebalance your pool water.

Step 4. Ask the pool shop to test for phosphates and, if necessary, add a phosphate remover.

These are simplified steps. Please contact your local pool shop for more detailed advice.

If your pool equipment has been under water, it is unlikely to work and could be dangerous. Call your local pool shop to arrange a quote for replacement equipment.

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