How to hurricane proof a pool, Tipton Pool builders explain
Pool owners who live in areas of the country that are prone to hurricanes need to understand how best to prepare the swimming pool to “survive” the storm. The pool contractors from Tipton Pools in Knoxville, Tennessee explain how to hurricane proof a pool.
One of the most important things to know about hurricane-proofing a pool is that you should not drain it. A worry that many pool owners have is that the pool will get over-full if a hurricane and rains come through. An overflowing swimming pool is less of a concern than draining a pool which could cause the fiberglass shell to float, the plaster to crack or a vinyl liner to float in the excavated area.
Keeping the pool full offer enough enough weight to keep it upright when hurricane winds begin blowing. A half-drained swimming pool is an invitation to destruction because the pool shell could be lifted up, tossed around and become damaged beyond repair.
Prior to the storms’ arrival, turn off the electric to the pool. Turn power off at the circuit breakers and main electric panels to prevent burnout of pool equipment.
How to hurricane proof a pool
If there’s time, wrap the pool equipment in waterproof plastic. This will keep water as well as dirt and debris out of the equipment as this could cause long term damage. If flooding is predicted disconnect devices and store them in a secure location.
Remove or secure all loose items. Store pool toys and equipment in a shed or garage. Store tables, chairs and other items that could become projectiles or could be damaged if they’re tossed around. Items that fall into the pool also have the potential to damage it.
Even with a cover on, chances are excessive amounts of storm water will be introduced into the pool and this will upset the balance of the pool chemicals. Dirt and debris will also be tossed into the pool during the storm so plan to schedule a pool cleaning after the storm passes.
Don’t cover the pool. Dirt and debris will be whipping around and will go into your swimming pool but covering it could lead to cover damage if tree branches rip it. If the cover comes off on one edge, the winds will blow it around and damage it.
Begin pool clean up by removing large objects and debris from it. Don’t run the vacuum system as there will likely be pieces that are too large and could clog the system.
Remove the waterproof covers from the electrical system and pumps. Run a check on the system before powering it all up. If the parts have been exposed to water, consult an electrician or pool tech before starting the systems.
Just as you prepare yourself and your family for impending storms, so too should you prepare the swimming pool. Call us if you have questions.