Residents of Phoenix are buckling down for challenging weather, as they are now facing monsoons and dust storms regularly. While these natural storms are unavoidable, pool owners living in the area may have to do a little more to keep their pools clean and adequately functioning.

Additional pool maintenance work caused by extreme weather is beyond your control, which is why you shouldn’t have to stress about doing it all yourself. This is the perfect opportunity to call the professionals at Poolman in to lend a hand. They will promptly arrive at your abode on a scheduled basis to check for any damage and repair anything that needs it.

There are also a couple of small things you can do, especially while you’re waiting for the professionals to pay their next visit.

1. Continue to run your system
You may be hesitant to run your pool system after a particularly bad storm, but believe it or not, keeping the water circulating can help filter out all the dirt and dust that may collect in your pool.

2. Empty baskets
This is a task you should consider doing every day. These baskets fill up fast, and when dirt and dust is flying everywhere, they may have an increased tendency to be full often. Ace Hardware reported that, in general, pool filters need to be cleaned more often during monsoon season in order to retain their maximum filter efficiency.

3. Back wash filter
You may need to back wash your filter during or after the storm. All the dirt and dust will be trapped in the filter and will have a negative effect on the filtration process. Ace Hardware reported that, in general, pool filters need to be cleaned more often during monsoon season in order to retain their maximum filter efficiency.

4. Check your pool cleaner
If you notice your pool cleaner is not moving, you should check it, as there may be something wrong. It is very common during these storms for large leaves or twigs to be caught in the cleaner and not allow it to move freely throughout the pool.

5. Invest in a safety cover
If your local weatherman predicts a monsoon or dust storm, you may consider protecting your pool ahead of time. This can be easily done by investing in a safety cover that goes over your pool’s surface during bad weather. This can prevent dirt, sticks, leaves and other debris from getting into the water and causing problems.

6. Keep up with yard maintenance
Before monsoon season begins, pool owners should take a look around their yard and see if any trees and bushes that surround their pools need to be trimmed. This can ultimately prevent an excessive amount of leaves and branches from falling into the water. The more debris, the more the chemical balance in the water will take a beating.