Hurricanes are an unfortunate fact of life along the coast. The hurricane season begins June 1st and runs through November 30. The start of the hurricane season is an ideal time to develop or review your existing plans for preparing your house, yard and swimming pool for the possibility of a storm striking your area. Unfortunately, you don't have to live on the coast to be effected by the wind and rain generated by these storms. With hurricanes, winds and rain can damage any house, no matter where it is located. It's important that you do not wait for the National Weather Service and local officials to issue a hurricane watch or warning before you develop a disaster plan that includes preparing your pool. Now is a good time to gather materials and get prepared.
Things You Will Need
Pool chemicals, Plastic sheeting, Duct tape
Do not drain your pool thinking that the rain will fill it back up. Did you know that a pool shell can float like a boat? They can literally "pop out" of the ground if emptied. This is caused by hydrostatic pressure. Basically, the pressure of all the water in the pool keeps it in the ground because on the other side of the shell is water that saturates the ground around it. The pressure of the water surrounding the pool shell squeezes the pool until it pops up. Therefore, keep the water level at a higher level than normal.
Turn the pump and any other power supply off. If you can remove the pump do so and store it in a dry place. If you can not remove it, wrap it in plastic and seal it with duct tape.
Shock the pool. This will help prevent the pool water from becoming contaminated. Remove and store all pool furniture. Some people recommend placing the furniture in the pool but I do not think it is a good idea because it can damage the pool and the pool chemicals can in turn damage the furniture. Only do this if you have no other place to store them. If you have a safety pool cover that is held in place by anchors in the pool deck use it to cover the pool. If it is not held in place by anchors, do not cover the pool because the cover could become airborne. Also, remove the lids to the pool skimmers and any other loose items.
After the hurricane has passed an all is clear, reinstall the pump if it was removed or unwrap it. Turn the power back and test the motor to make sure it is still working. Lower the water level to the middle of the skimmer and test the water and make any necessary chemical adjustments. Remove the pool cover and replace the pool furniture.
It's important that you do not wait for the National Weather Service and local officials to issue a hurricane watch or warning before you develop a disaster plan that includes preparing your swimming pool.
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