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9 Essential Tips to Prepare Your Pool for a Storm

Severe storms can potentially cause a lot of damage to your pool if you don’t take precautions. Even if you receive no damage, properly reactivating your pool can save you time and money. Follow these steps to minimize the likelihood of damage and a messy cleanup.

Preparation:

  1. Do NOT cover your pool. Although this seems like a simple solution for protecting your pool, it can lead to even more damage. Pool covers can be lifted out of your pool by strong winds or become damaged by flying debris. It’s much easier to rebalance and clean a contaminated pool after a storm than it is to deal with a cover full of water and debris, or to replace a damaged one.

  2. Turn off power. Circuit breakers at the main electrical panel should be turned off. Pump motors, lighting, chlorinators, and heaters should be left off during a storm due to the possibility that they will come in contact with large amounts of water.

  3. Do NOT drain your pool. The water in your pool provides the necessary weight to hold the pool in place. An empty pool is much more susceptible to popping out of the ground during heavy rains, especially in areas where the water table is high.

  4. Remove or secure yard and pool deck furniture. If you have time and feel safe outside before a storm hits, store away your pool chairs, equipment, toys, and any other loose objects that could potentially damage your home. If you have time, it’s a good idea to trim overgrown limbs that might fall.

  5. Balance your water chemistry and add necessary chemicals. It’s inevitable that your pool will accumulate debris during a storm and become contaminated, but you can pre-emptively add extra chlorine or “shock” to your pool, and an algaecide to save yourself a lot of effort during the cleanup. Make sure to refer to the instructions for each product.

  6. Create a vent in your screen. If your pool is enclosed in a screened area, you can create a vent for wind to pass through to avoid damage to the screen and structure.

After the Storm:

  1. Remove major debris from your pool. Doing this early can prevent further contamination and avoid staining.

  2. Don’t drain your pool. Check and balance your water chemistry. Shock your pool and run your filter until the water is clear. Do not allow anyone to swim during this time.

  3. Dry your equipment. Before turning your power back on, make sure electrical equipment is completely dry before starting it back up or plugging it in. Refer to your owner’s manual for specific instructions.