Before the Storm: Protecting Your Pool from Severe Weather

thunderstorm Summer storms can cause extensive damage to swimming pools, but there are precautions you can take to minimize the time and expense of repairing and cleaning your pool following severe weather. Before the storm, follow these tips to help protect your pool:

  • Trim dead limbs and branches that may become airborne during a storm and cause damage to your house, swimming pool or screen enclosure.
  • Patio furniture, umbrellas, canvas awnings, grills, telescopic poles, toys, and sometimes even pool equipment can become dangerous projectiles and 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.  Pool chemicals could damage them, and removal will be difficult. 
  • Solar blankets should be removed and stored indoors during periods of heavy wind.
  • Lock the safety straps on portable spa covers or remove and store indoors along with any steps or benches. 
  • If you decide to remove any child safety fencing, do not allow children near the pool after the fence is removed.
  • 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 pool equipment if possible.  Wrap the exposed equipment in 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 decide to lower the water level to help prevent the pool from overflowing, do not drain past the bottom of the skimmer, as running the pool pump dry can cause serious pump damage. 
  • Add extra chlorine and circulate the pool as much as possible before the storm, or add a four-pound floating chlorinator to the pool to provide some sanitization in case you lose power and cannot run your pool pump.
  • Add an extra dose of All In One Algaecide to prevent a possible algae bloom.   

Note: These tips serve as a guide only in regards to storms and your swimming pool / patio equipment. For more general information on storm preparedness, visit the National Weather Service.

Posted: Monday, July 11th, 2011 @ 11:43 am
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