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How To Prepare Your Pool For A Hurricane

1. Water Level – Do not drain the pool! It is a common misconception that pools should be drained in preparation for a hurricane. The pool area is no more likely to flood than if the same area were a plot of land. The water in the pool ensures that damage is not done to the lining and provides the proper amount of weight to keep the pool in the ground. If the area around the pool has potential to get damaged with standing water before it can drain off naturally it may be advisable to lower the water level one to two feet.

2. Water Chemistry – Many experts advise ‘shocking’ or adding extra chlorine to the pool to offset the excess amounts of storm water and debris being added to the pool.

3. Electrical Equipment – Remember that water and electricity do not mix! Remove and turn off all electrical pool equipment at the circuit breaker on the main electrical panel. Also, cover with plastic or remove all pump motors or other large equipment.

4. Pool Area Items – Deck furniture, potted plants, rafts and other items typically kept around the pool area should be moved inside or tied down as they can potentially become dangerous when the storm hits. As a last resort, if no enclosed areas are available, deck furniture can be carefully placed in the pool to keep it in place during the storm. Keep in mind that this furniture may cause damage to your pool finish.

After the Storm

5. Remove Debris – First remove all of the large debris by hand if possible. Be careful not to harm the pool lining when pulling large items from the pool. Then using either a pool rake or skimmer, rid the pool of as much smaller debris as possible before turning on the pool equipment to prevent clogs.

6. Check all Electrical Equipment BEFORE Use – Check equipment to ensure everything is dry before the circuit breakers are turned back on. If water got through the plastic coverings, allow a day for the equipment to dry out completely. Also, check the wiring, especially ground wiring for proper connections. If water damage and exposure to the equipment is notice, do not turn the equipment on before a licensed professional has taken a look.

7. Check and Balance Pool Chemicals – Always test the pool first using a chemical test kit and adjust the levels accordingly. It is very likely that the excess storm water has diluted the chemicals and adjustments will be necessary.

8. Monitor the Pool – After the storm, monitor the pool closely to ensure the entire pool system has been properly reset. If the pool seems to be leaking or anything else seems abnormal, contact a pool professional immediately.