It doesn’t mean that if there is a storm surging by or hurricane that is about to come, that is the only time you are going to have work done on your pool enclosure. But being prepared for a calamity can be a big help. Preparing your pool and property for bad weather is not that difficult if you only know what you’re doing and let the experts do the job.
When a storm is on the way, taking simple steps can really protect your pool from a lot of damage caused by natural disasters. One thing to remember is that it’s not a good idea to empty your pool completely. An empty pool can collapse in on itself under high winds and heavy rains.
But if you keep the water in, it can provide a certain level of structural support. One thing that you should do is to make sure all patio furniture is safe and secure so it cannot turn into a projectile. Securing furniture also means less work for you. Storm shutters are very important when it comes to window security since a lot of damage will occur during a storm and it usually revolves around broken windows and shattered glass.
Did you know that pools face special risks of their own in extreme weather disturbance? Fear not. Proper preparation throughout the year and directly before the storm can limit during tropical storms or hurricanes. This guide will help your pool area prepared so you can worry less about the damage and for your own safety.
- As mentioned above, draining the pool is a major no-no. strong winds that occur during tropical storms can cause hydrostatic pressure beneath your in-ground pool, causing it to pop out of the ground. The water acts as an anchor to weigh it down and also protect your pool’s finish against damage from debris.
- You can add extra chlorine to the pool to help fight and pollutants that might contaminate the water during the storm. Remember that you will not be able to use the pool for about 24 hours onwards.
- Covering the pool to prevent debris from flying is another instinct of pool owners while preparing for incoming hurricanes. But resist doing this because strong winds can cause a pool cover to fly. Covers can face damage from sharp flying debris like tree branches and roof shingles. Water can gather on top and crumple it.
- Turn off the electric breaker system to your pool to avoid electric surge damage or shock. Which means all mechanical systems in your pool, like lighting, is involved. Filter damage is the most common pool damage that occurs during hurricanes, so it is much better if you are going to protect it. If the filter is going to be at risk, remove the pump and secure it in a safe and dry location inside. Some also try to merely cover the pump with watertight plastic and rope to prevent water damage.