How to Maintain Your Pool in Hurricane Season
Like it or not, we’re in the middle of hurricane season, which typically runs from the beginning for June through the end of November. A hurricane is a harrowing experience for any homeowner, but those whose property has a pool have extra responsibilities to protect their investment during a storm. Remember these tasks when preparing your pool for a storm.
Don’t empty the pool.
- Keep the pool full to protect the interior of the pool from damage from debris. The weight of the water will also help to prevent the warping or heaving of the pool that can result from an excess of groundwater following a storm.
- If there is no adequate drainage area for potential overflow, we advise that the water level should be lowered by no more than 2 feet.
Don’t cover the pool.
- A covered pool will retain more debris and be more difficult to clean after a storm.
- Strong winds can damage pool covers and lanai screens. Add vents to screens to allow wind to pass through, or consider removing screen panels entirely from the screen enclosure.
Chlorinate before and after the storm.
- Use a shock dose of chlorine to protect the water against contamination. Lowering the pH level to around 7.2 will help to prepare the water.
- Run the filter for several hours after shocking to circulate the chlorine.
Turn off and protect electrical equipment.
- Continue to run pumps and filters until severe weather arrives. Turn off all electric power at the circuit breaker before the storm, and ensure that exposed electrical equipment is sealed with plastic wrap to prevent water damage.
- If you expect flooding, disconnect and store in a safe and dry place.
Remove all furniture.
- Store furniture indoors, not in the pool, as it may damage the interior of the pool or be washed out and blown away.
- Furniture with glass poses a significant risk, as slivers of shattered glass will be difficult to remove from the water.
Remove debris from the pool.
- Debris will clog pumps or vacuum equipment. Use a net or skimming device to remove debris from the pool.
- Keep the pool full after the storm to prevent heaving. Wait until high water tables have receded to completely drain your pool.
Carefully reactivate electrical equipment.
- Inspect plumbing and equipment for cracks or leaks.
- If devices were exposed to water, or if you suspect electrical or mechanical damage, seek help from a licensed professional before turning equipment back on.
Balance water chemistry and reset timers.
- Add another shock dose of chlorination to the pool water after the storm has passed, and continue to monitor and readjust the water’s chemistry as needed.
- Once the water is cleared of debris, run the filter pump for several hours daily. Once the water is clear, reset the time clock to a normal cycle. Backwash the filter as needed to maintain flow rates.
In the event of a hurricane, protecting yourself and your loved ones is always the highest priority. However, when you have time to prepare, these steps should provide a good start to protecting your investment when stormy weather lies ahead. Remember that you can always contact the experts at Pleasure Pools with any questions, advice, or concerns!