How to prepare your pool for a hurricane   

by Pool Builders on 09-28-2011 in Articles

In preparing for a hurricane, many homeowners take all the precautions possible to protect their homes and family from damage. However, many don't know the steps necessary to protect your pool from storm damage. Pool damage can at times become just as costly as home damage.

There are some companies that offer services specific to storm safety before and after a storm, but they are often in high demand before a hurricane. The key to protecting your pool and backyard is to prevent potential flying debris such as wind chimes and birdhouses.

Some pool owners believe that they should completely drain their pool of water before a storm to avoid overflowing. However, this is unnecessary, as having the proper drain supplies should prevent overflow. It is also suggested that pool covers stay off during the storm, as they often cause more bad than good.

In fact, keeping your pool filled will help protect it. Empty pools experience structural damage as water gives weight that keeps the pool's foundation from lifting as well as shielding it from debris.

If you can't remove equipment that may become dislodged, secure it with tape and/or wrap it in bubble wrap.

Turning off the circuit breaker will prevent any electrical problems to pool supplies powered by electricity. You should also turn off the gas and propane tanks.

Remove the motor and store it inside to prevent any expensive damage.

Along with properly storing any patio furniture and pool toys, make sure your trees are trimmed of any limbs that may become dislodged in the storm easily, which could prevent them from becoming loose and damaging your backyard.

If you can't store patio furniture inside, you can gently place them into the pool to avoid damage to your backyard and home from the wind making these objects airborne.

As far as your pool's chemical balance, super chlorination is recommended. Check in to your pool supply store [] to make sure you have all the necessary chemicals.

After the storm, before turning on electrical treatment, make sure that all sensitive equipment is dry first, and don't go reconnecting equipment unless the circuit breaker is off and make sure none of the wiring is damaged.

In order to avoid staining, clean out debris as soon as possible. Just like before the storm, draining is not recommended.

Test your chemical balance, as the fresh rainwater and possible contamination has probably resulted in an imbalance.

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