How to properly care for your yard and pool during heavy rain

How to properly care for your yard and pool during heavy rain

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - With heavy rain in the forecast, some might be wondering how to deal with maintaining your yards. Rain can be a great thing for our yards and plants, but too much rain can cause a bit of a problem. Owner of Beach Landscaping, Matthew Freedman, said avoid cutting your grass when it's wet and make sure you allow enough time for the water to recede to start mowing your lawn again.

He said a good rule of thumb is to step on the grass and if there are puddle marks, it's not safe to mow,  adding it all depends on where you live to know how long it will take your grass to dry out. Freedman said areas closer to the beach with sandier soil usually takes less time to dry than areas with clay soil. Experts say aerating your lawn is good to do every couple of years, as it breaks up the soil and allows the water to drain faster.

But Freedman says a common mistake homeowners make is running their irrigation systems during the rain. Therefore, it's important to remember to turn it off until the storm passes. Also, adjusting your gutters can help prevent yard flooding.

"So, if you have gutters, the downspouts - wherever they empty- if it's going right into a bed area, it's going to wash out the mulch that's in that bed or potentially the dirt that's underneath the shrub. So, if it's possible, you want to have extensions from the downspout to carry the water at least out of the bed and away from the house is better to begin with," said Freedman.

Pools should be properly maintained all year long. But in the event of heavy rain and flooding, experts say you should pay close attention to your pools to avoid any costly damage in the future.The staff at Graves Pools and Spas says to "Be proactive with your water, not reactive with your water." Once the rain clears up, the first thing experts recommend pool owners to do is make sure the water level is at the proper position in the pool to avoid any contamination and flooding.

The service manager at Graves Pools and Spas said a common misconception when draining the pool is people will put their setting on backwash, and that can ruin your filter. He said to put the multi-port valve on the waste position. Also, make sure it's draining somewhere where it won't run back into your pool.

Rain can sometimes affect your pool's water chemistry. Pool professionals say it's important to always maintain the water chemistry with the proper pH and chlorine levels to avoid your pool from turning green. In the case of extremely heavy rain fall, experts recommend shocking your pool afterwards for good measure. This will help fight off any contaminants the rain may have brought to your pool.

"Just don't over drain your pool, be aware of the surroundings. Are you next to a pond, are you next to a lake, is water standing in your yard? Where your waste water goes to… and if you drain the water too far, you could possibly damage your pool. So, just drain it to the proper levels.  Watch your pools -  keep it in circulation, keep the pump running. Especially people who have timers in their swimming pools and if you run it 8 hours a day and turn it off -  well with all this rain, I strongly recommend we run it 24/7 until we get clear again," said the service manager at Graves Pools and Spas.

Experts recommend testing your pool right after the heavy rainfall with a test kit, or you can even bring in a sample of your pool water to a local pool store to get it tested.

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