first_imgA pool is flooded with run-off and rain water as Cyclone Debbie tears through Airlie. Picture: Alix SweeneyHOMEOWNERS with flooded pools are in for a big clean-up after last week’s devastating floods and heavy rains across Queensland.According to Swimart, there are a number of ways pool owners can reclaim their pools.National manager of Swimart, Chris Fitzmaurice said swimming pools effected by recent weather conditions pose as a hazard and it was important to make pool-cleaning a priority.Floodwater sits in the pool of the Lismore City Motor Inn in the flood ravaged centre of Lismore, New South Wales, Monday, April 3, 2017. (AAP Image/Tracey Nearmy)“We understand the number one priority is cleaning out houses and making them habitable, but it must be remembered that flooded swimming pools present a unique set of hazards,” Mr Fitzmaurice said.“An unused, flood-affected swimming pool is not likely to transmit or become a source of diseases in the short term unless sewage has contaminated the pool. However, as it generally won’t be filtered or sanitised, it is important to check for evidence of mosquitoes.“It’s certainly not essential that a pool must be restored to use immediately, but it is vital to assess the condition of the pool and make it safe before starting any work.“Our thoughts are with those affected by Cyclone Debbie and the subsequent storms.”Mr Fitzmaurice said there were nine important steps for pool owners to take with their pool in the aftermath of the storm.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North9 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day agoSwimart’s tips for owners of pools effected by floods and heavy rain1. Determine whether fencing is intact to prevent children from accessing the pool — secure or restrict access to the area if possible2. Do not empty your pool as the groundwater may have become saturated and the pool could pop or crack.3. Check the pump hose and other structures for snakes, spiders and other pests.4. Remove all debris from the pool.5. Have a licenced electrician check the circuits and electrical fittings.6. Consult with a pool technician on how to ‘flocculate’ the pool water.7. Take a water sample to your local pool store for testing and advice8. Test the water pH and aim for a recommended range of 7.2 to 7.6.9. If your pool is full of water but isn’t able to be restored, check it daily for evidence of mosquitoeslast_img read more