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6 Steps to Maintaining Your Pool In a Power Outage

Winter brings power outages, and that might have you worried about your swimming pool. What can you do in case of a power outage?

In this article, we look at six steps to maintaining your pool in a power outage.

#1: Turn off your breaker.

While you may not have power now, the first thing you should do is turn off all breakers to your pool. This way, when the power does return, you can assess your pool in a controlled environment before everything turns back on and causes potential havoc.

#2: Contact Ultra Modern.

Not only can you come to us for advice, we can also provide you with top notch experienced service technicians.

#3: Remove lids.

Freezing water expands, and it needs a place to go. To avoid cracking and damaging lids, removing pump pot and filter lids to avoid extra built-up pressure. This also provides extra space for any ice to go (during the winter).

#4: Open all valves.

Similar to removing lids, opening as many valves as you can, including the air relief valve on top of your filter, relieves pressure on the water that may expand within your equipment.

#5: Remove all plugs.

You can also remove many of your plugs to account for expanding water. Remove the pump pot plug, pump volute plug, the drain plugs next to the heater and the plug found at your dial valve. While most frozen plugs can be removed by hand, if needed, use a pair of pliers for extra leverage.

#6: Disconnect your motor.

As an extra step of protection, you can disconnect your motor from power if you are able.

Next, let’s look at what to do once your power comes back on.

How to “restart” your pool once power is restored

The power is finally back on… now what?

  1. Check under the pool cover and check for debris if your cover is on. If it’s not, clean debris out of your pool. Use a pole and a skimmer to remove anything that a suction cleaner can’t handle.
  2. Close any drain plugs or valves you may have opened during the power outage.
  3. Turn the breakers back on and prime the pool pump by adding water to the pot, replace the lid and turn the pool pump on.
  4. Ensure your pool pump and filter are working and then let them run for one hour to begin decontamination.
  5. After the hour is up, conduct a water test and rebalance your chemistry if necessary. If your power has been out for quite some time, you may need to super-chlorinate your pool to at least 10 ppm-free chlorine to reduce bacteria and microorganisms.
  6. Inspect all of your pool equipment. Reset timers for your pump and any other device that is on a timer.
  7. Give the walls and floor of your pool one round of circulation with a pool cleaner.

Final Thoughts

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Meet Our Favorite Natural Chemistry Products

Looking for some of our favorite swimming pool problem solvers? Meet our favorite Natural Chemistry products. You can find them in any of our three stores!


PHOSfree Max is a powerful and reliable phosphate remover designed for both residential and commercial pool use. It removes high levels of problem-causing phosphates from swimming pool water. Keeping phosphate levels low will help reduce pool problems, including calcium phosphate scale as well as time and effort spent to maintain perfect water. Pour it in and watch it work! PHOSfree Max reduces phosphate levels to near zero in just 24 hours.

  • Highly concentrated-one cap per 10,000 gallons per week
  • Continuously cleans the pool’s filter and tile line
  • Helps to keep problem-causing phosphates low
  • Uses advanced clarification to polish pool water

Pool Perfect®Max

Maintenance product that cleans pools in three ways

Take pool maintenance to the next level! Pool Perfect Max is Natural Chemistry’s premier maintenance formulation. Added weekly, this product reduces the amount of time and effort you have to spend on pool care. Its key benefits include: working as a continuous filter cleaner, removing maintenance levels of problem-causing phosphates, reducing scrubbing of scum lines and waterline ring -polishing water to sparkle like never before. Simply add one capful per 10,000 gallons of pool water each week so you can sit back and relax poolside!

  • Highly concentrated-one cap per 10,000 gallons per week
  • Continuously cleans the pool’s filter and tile line
  • Helps to keep problem-causing phosphates low
  • Uses advanced clarification to polish pool water

Pool First Aid

Clear cloudy pools fast!

Pool First Aid combines our powerful SMARTZyme™ technology with a clarifier to fix pool problems quickly.

  • Cleans pool of dead algae, pollen, oils, spills, anti-freeze residue, paint, vandalism and other forms of non-living organic water contamination
  • Frees clogged filters of oil and other forms of non-living organic buildup
  • Removes dead algae quickly and efficiently, in many cases without the need to backwash

Pool First Aid is a powerful pool problem solver that works very fast – often without scrubbing!

  • Works great on pollen and oil leaks / spills
  • Cleans up dead algae and other forms of non-living organic contamination
  • Combines a concentrated blend of SMARTZyme technology with a clarifier
  • Compatible with all sanitizers
  • Cleans up vandalized pools

Now that you’ve met our favorite Natural Chemistry products, stop by one of our three locations and pick up yours today!

Your Pool After the Snow

We just got a lot of snow, a bit of ice, and a lot of cold weather.

We all know that Kansas weather is unpredictable and at times, vicious. And, the February 2021 storm has been nothing short of freezing, icy, snowy, and not a lot of fun.

Pool maintenance in the winter and after a snow storm is different that what you’d do after a rain storm. In this article, we look at what to do with your pool after the snow. (more…)

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