A swimming pool is a big investment; you have put in time, money and sweat. A storm or hurricane can seriously mess up your pool putting your investment in jeopardy. To protect your pool, you need to be prepared for when the storm hits. Here are some tips to help you secure your pool and avoid major pool damage.
1.Put away all loose outdoor furnishings
Strong winds will batter and toss your outdoor furnishings, and if they are not bolted down, they can damage your pool or even your house. Take everything you can inside, you tables, chaise lounges, umbrellas, chairs, etc. if you have heavier items that you can’t take inside, tie them down to keep them from being tossed into the pool.
2.Turn off the power to the pool
The pool pump motor can easily be damaged in a storm, so you need to turn off power to the pool equipment. To keep the motor from water and flooding, remove it and put it in a high and dry place inside. You can also wrap it tightly with plastic and tape to protect it from water. You might also want to unplug other pool equipment like propane tanks, and gas and turn of the pool’s electrical system.
3.Do not drain the pool
Most people think draining the pool will prevent it from overflowing. But this isn’t necessary since properly built pools have overflows to drain excess water. Draining your pool can damage your pool. It can bulge, pop-out or split due to the hydrostatic pressure. The water in the pool protects the pool’s finish from flying debris.
4.Balance the pool water chemistry
Before the storm, test your pool water to ascertain its chemistry and add chemicals as needed to balance the water. You can even shock the pool if you want an extra boost against algae and bacteria that will get into your pool during the storm. Balancing your pool’s chemistry will give you a head start for when you will be cleaning the pool after the storm.
5.Trim the trees if you can
During a storm, dead, weak or overhanging tree branches can break off and blow into your pool. This can damage your pool and will make cleaning up harder. Even if you trim your trees regularly, it doesn’t hurt to check before the storm.
After The Storm
Once the storm passes, you should clean and vacuum the pool to remove debris and dirt so that it doesn’t stain permanently. Brush the walls and vacuum the pool floor to remove any serious grime. If you have a robot vac, put it to use. Check the water pH, alkalinity, calcium hardness, and balance it accordingly. Shock or super chlorinate your pool with algaecide to purge the water of organics and run the filter until the water becomes clear. You should also check your pool pump and motor for any damage, and call a licensed electrician to inspect your pool electrical system.