How To Prepare Your Pool For A Hurricane

A tropical storm or hurricane is an event that pool owners simply cannot control. In the event that severe weather threatens your area, here are some helpful tips to protect your pool and patio in the event or severe weather.

 

Before The Storm

  • Trim nearby trees and bushes of dead limbs or branches that may become airborne and cause damage to your house, pool equipment or screen enclosure.
  • Patio furniture, toys, canvas awnings, patio umbrellas, grills, telescopic poles, and even some pool equipment can become dangerous projectiles during hurricanes or thunderstorms. These can cause severe damage to surrounding property in heavy winds. Remove all possible unsecured items and store them indoors until the threat passes. Do not throw these items into the pool, where chemicals could damage the item and removal is difficult. Store your automatic pool cleaner in a safe place.
  • Remove your solar blankets and store them indoors during periods of heavy wind. Lock the safety straps on portable spa covers or remove and store indoors. Store any steps or benches inside as well.
  • If you decide to remove any child safety fencing, do not allow children near the pool after the fence is removed. Keep exterior doors locked.
  • If there is a chance the pool motor or other permanently plumbed electrical equipment could be submerged, shut down power at the breaker panel. Sandbag the area around the equipment if possible. Wrap the exposed equipment in a waterproof covering and tie it securely.
  • Do not drain the pool completely. An empty pool is subject to “floating” or “popping” out of the ground due to lift pressure from excessive groundwater. If you expect heavy rain and decide to lower the water level to help prevent overflowing, do not drain past the bottom of the skimmer. Running your pool pump dry can cause serious damage.
  • If you have a gas heater, turn off the gas supply at the valve
  • Add extra Suncoast Gold™ Liquid Chlorine and circulate the pool as much as possible before the storm, or add a 4lb. floating chlorinator. This will provide sanitization in case you lose power and cannot run your pump.
  • Don’t hesitate to add an extra dose of All In One Algaecide to prevent a possible algae bloom.

 

After The Storm

  • Remove branches, leaves, mulch or other foreign matter from the pool before you run the pump to prevent clogging the suction lines. If you have to enter your pool to clear debris, make sure you wear shoes to avoid injury to your feet.
  • If you lost power during the storm, remember to reset your circuit breakers and pump timer(s) when electricity is restored.
  • Remove any covering from the motor or other equipment to allow for airflow. If the pump motor has been submerged, it should be removed for professional cleaning and drying.
  • Return the pool water to its proper level. Empty the pump and skimmer baskets and open the appropriate valves to allow water to circulate properly when the pump is turned back on.
  • Super-chlorinate the pool and circulate continuously until clarity returns. Clean or backwash filters often, and recharge with new D.E. if applicable. There will be a higher volume of debris and particulate in the water than normal and your filter will need more attention for a few days.
  • Bring your pool water to your local Pinch A Penny to have it analyzed and re-balanced as quickly as possible. After any rain, circulate the pool for at least a couple of hours prior to collecting a sample. This will combine the chemically treated water with the rainwater to ensure an accurate sample.
  • Repair or replace any screens, doors, fences or gates used to prevent children from entering your pool unattended.
  • When your pool is clean and clear, resume normal operation.

This is only a guide in regards to your pool and patio equipment. For more information on storms and hurricane preparedness, please visit the National Weather Service Information Center.

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