The CDC says COVID-19 cannot survive in properly treated pool water

Wildfires

There are many questions about how best to treat your pool following a wildfire.

In many cases, the water has been contaminated with oils, household chemicals, algae, seaweed, sewage, and possibly floating debris or foreign objects. Draining the pool is one option, but you should first contact your local pool professional to make sure that the pool structure would not be damaged in the process.

If your pool professional determines that your pool cannot or should not be completely drained, then you and your pool professional may want to consider the following treatments in this brochure to help clean the water and surface.

  1. Backwash the filter per the manufacturer’s directions for your particular type of filter.
  2. Vacuum the pool floor (“to waste” if possible).
  3. Balance your pool water*.
  4. Flock/clarify using one of the following products per label instructions:
    1. E-Z CLOR® DROP OUT
    2. E-Z CLOR® SUPER SHIMMER N’ SHINE
    3. POOL SEASON® SUPER FLOC
    4. POOL SEASON ® SUPER WATER CLARIFIER
  5. Balance pool water once again.
  6. Shock/chlorinate your pool to sanitize and oxidize, using one of the following products:
    1. SHOCKWAVE (68% CAL-HYPO)
    2. SUPER SHOCKWAVE (73% CAL-HYPO)
    3. E-Z CLOR® QUICK DISSOLVE (99% DICHLOR)
    4. E-Z CLOR® GRANULAR ALGAE OUT (99% TRICHLOR GRANULAR)
    5. POOL SEASON® CHLORINATING CONCENTRATE (99% DICHLOR)
    6. POOL SEASON® SUPER ALGAE DESTROYER (99% TRICHLOR GRANULAR)
  7. Brush your pool walls after shocking.
  8. Return to normal sanitization program.

*Test your water and add the appropriate balancing chemicals per label instructions.