Flood water in swimming pools
With so much flooding across Australia and given the Australian love of the backyard pool, we are receiving many calls regarding how to remove or otherwise deal with flood water in swimming pools. Although the number one priority is cleaning out the houses and making them habitable again, flooded swimming pools present a unique set of hazards:
- damage to pool fences allowing accidental access by children – drowning hazard
- damage to pool pumps and electrical equipment presenting a risk of electrocution
- contamination of water due to flood debris in pool
- mosquito breeding in stagnant water – particularly in Brisbane and throughout Queensland where dengue fever is a risk
Although it may seem that the water is unsalvageable, it is important that pools are not emptied completely. With the water table so high, an empty pool may pop out of the ground due to hydrostatic lift causing further expensive damage.
If you do have flood water in your swimming pool, you can take the following initial actions:
- ensure there is no risk of electrocution from damaged pumps etc.
- secure the area if pool fences have been damaged
- add a flocculant to the water to settle suspended debris to the bottom
- if you cannot arrange for water treatment for some time, take measures to control mosquito breeding e.g. adding kerosene
The sediment will need to be discharged from the pool and larger debris removed before assessing whether any of the water can be saved. If not, the water will have to be pumped out and replaced soon after.
This fact sheet from the Northern Territory government contains more relevant information.
Call us on 07 33248774 for further advice