If a hurricane is on the way, don't forget these important pool maintenance steps to prepare! Here's the best way to keep your pool safe when the bad storms come. Not all of these steps are intuitive, so make sure you read through to the end to properly protect your system.
Do Not Empty Your Pool!
At first, it may seem like a good idea to empty your pool before a hurricane. However, this is time-consuming and unnecessary. Think of it this way — your pool will cause no more flooding than a patio or driveway couldn't handle during a hurricane – it's just runaway water on the surface of the ground. Emptying the pool will not ultimately make much difference at all, and any "flooding" that occurs will be minimal, and shouldn't cause any damage with the proper preparations.
Turn Off All Power
Turn off all electricity to pool equipment and any surrounding pool accessories that also use electricity. Remove any equipment that depends on batteries. You don't want anything to short out during a hurricane or create an electrical hazard (as well as shut down power to your house if you flip a breaker).
Cover and Protect The Leftover Pool Equipment
Cover up your pump, time clock, and any transformers or heaters that your pool may use. Basically, if equipment rises above ground level, you will want to wrap it in a waterproof tarp for protection. This help prevents rainwater from seeping into these devices and ruining them and will help protect them from light debris as well.
Remove Anything That Could Get Blown Over or Away
Take a careful walk around your pool and put away anything that could get blown over. That includes all pool toys and supplies (you should be picking these up anyway). It also includes any chairs, umbrellas or tables that aren't entirely fastened to the ground. If you are desperate and the objects are waterproof, you can lower them into the pool. However, packing them up into a shed or garage is usually the best option. You should also check your fencing and trees for any loose sections or limbs that could tear off in the powerful winds.
Add Extra Chlorine
Your pool will probably get dirty during the storm because debris is likely to enter the water (carrying plenty of bacteria, algae and other unpleasant things). To help your pool prepare, give it a shock dose of chlorine, much like you would before covering it up for the season.
Don't Use Your Pool Cover
This may seem like an odd bit of advice, but you really don't want to cover up your pool during a hurricane. The big reason is the wind. Powerful winds can fling debris hard enough to damage your pool cover. A torn cover must be replaced, so it's less expensive to simply wait out the storm and then clean out your pool afterward.
Does your pool need a repair after a storm? At Pierce Pools & Outdoor Visions, we can help! Call us today to get started!