All Seasons Pools – Hurricane Preparedness

prepare your pool for a hurricane

Before the Storm

 

  •         Do Not Empty Your Pool

People may ask, “Won’t the pool overflow if we don’t, at least, lower the water?” Yes it may, but no more so than if a patio or a plot of grass was there instead. Adequate drainage has most always been provided for in the design of the pool. Keeping the water in the pool provides the important weight to hold the pool in the ground. An empty pool is subject to “floating” or “popping” out of the ground due to “lift” pressure from excessive ground water caused by the heavy rains that may accompany the storm. You may lower the water level to the bottom of the skimmer opening.

  •         Turn off Electric Power to Swimming Pool Equipment

Allow the filtration system to operate as long as possible. Circuit breakers at the main electrical panel may be turned off to prevent automation controls, pump motors, lighting, chlorinators, and heaters from possibly sustaining damage from power surges. Restore breakers to the on position as soon as possible after the storm. If you’ve lost power, wait until power has been restored before turning pool system breakers on.

  •         Remove all Loose Items from the Pool Area

Loose objects such as chairs, tables, toys and pool tools which can become dangerous projectiles in high winds should be stored inside of buildings. It’s not advisable to throw metal patio furniture into the pool unless it is a last resort. If it is necessary to do so, gently place these items into the pool to prevent possible damage to the interior finish and remove as soon as possible to avoid staining. Plastic patio furniture may be placed in the pool. Any damage caused by objects placed in the pool will not be covered under warranty.

After the Storm

 

  •         As Before the Storm, Do Not Empty the Pool

An empty pool is subject to “floating” or “popping” out of the ground due to “lift” pressure from excessive ground water caused by heavy rains that may have accompanied the storm. If it appears necessary to drain the pool due to excessive debris and/or damage, you should seek professional advice.

  •         Remove Debris from Pool First

Remove large objects by hand and use a “pool rake” or “skimmer net” to remove smaller debris from the pool. Do not attempt to use the pool’s vacuum system for debris that is likely to plug the plumbing.

  •         Check Electrical Equipment Before Restarting System

If these devices have been exposed to flooding water, they should be checked by a licensed professional. Then turn on electricity, prime the filter system, and check for normal operation.

  •         Operate the Filter Equipment

If necessary, run the system 24 hours a day. When the water has attained proper clarity then reset the time clock for a normal daily cycle. If we are caring for your pool, please make sure the system is operating after the storm.

  •         Balance the Pool Water Chemistry

Readjust the pH, total alkalinity, and calcium hardness and conditioner levels and continue to check them carefully over several days.

  •         Monitor the Pool Operation

It is important to monitor the overall operation of the entire system for several days after the storm to be sure everything is operating properly.

  •         All Seasons Pools Service & New Construction

If we are caring for your pool or your pool is in the construction process, we will provide service as soon as possible.

About All Seasons Pools

All Seasons Pools has been a trusted pool expert for Orlando, St.Augustine, Jacksonville, The Villages and other Atlantic coast communities since 1979. Started by John and Diane Watts, they specialize in creating amazing and unique backyard retreats for families to enjoy, including top-of-the-line custom pools and amazing outdoor living areas. They work hard to fulfill their motto to “leave every customer with a smile.”

 

As members of the Association of Pool & Spa Professions and Florida Swimming Pool Association, they put a strong emphasis on being strong, reliable builders and staying up-to-date on the latest pool industry technology and design trends. Visit their swimming pool gallery to see pools ranging from signature and geometric designs to natural forms.

 

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