Swimming Pool Maintenance – When a Hurricane Approaches

Swimming pool maintenance should be a regular part of any pool owner’s routine. But, once you hear the forecast of an impending hurricane, you must prepare to safeguard yourself, your family, and your home. But have you also prepared for safeguarding your swimming pool?

While it is inevitable that your pool could sustain some damage from the wrath of a hurricane, there are things that you can do before and after the storm to minimize the damages to your pool and pool area.

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Do not drain your pool

  • Don’t worry about the water overflowing. Maintaining water inside the pool will weigh it down, preventing it from popping out of the ground.

Turn electrical systems off

  • It is essential that circuit breakers be turned off before a storm. Tightly cover exposed electrical equipment like pump motors with plastic wrap. When flooding is expected, disconnect or remove them.

Remove loose items around the area

  • Place loose items like table, chairs, and other pool tools and toys inside your home or shed to prevent damage and injury caused by strong winds. As a last resort, you may place them into the pool but never leave them in for a long period of time.

Add extra chlorine

  • It is highly recommended that you add a shock dose of granular or liquid chlorine. This is an important swimming pool maintenance tip to help prevent any contamination from excess storm water and anticipated debris.

Do not cover your pool

  • Covering your pool to protect it from debris and contamination might seem like a logical move. However, considering that storms bring about strong gusts of winds, the risk of your pool cover getting damaged is very high. You might as well manually clean out your pool after the storm than purchase another costly cover.

Swimming Pool Maintenance – After the Hurricane

Remove debris first

  • Remove those large objects by hand and use a skimmer net or pool rake for the smaller ones. Do not use the vacuum system of your pool just yet as the debris might clog the plumbing.

Check electrical systems

  • Remove the plastic wrap that you initially covered your electrical equipment with and allow them to thoroughly dry before switching the circuit breakers back on. Once you turn back the electricity on, prime the filter system, and then check for normal functioning.

Clean filter equipment

  • Allow the filter system to clean the pool for a full 24 hours, performing swimming pool maintenance as necessary. Once the water comes out in its normal clarity, you can now reset its time clock on your normal daily cycle.

Add chlorine and check water chemistry

  • Add another shock dose of granular or liquid chlorine to your pool to prevent any contamination from storm debris. Then move on to readjust your pool’s water chemistry including the pH, calcium hardness, total alkalinity, and other conditioner levels. Carefully check them in the next few days.

Monitor your pool’s operation

  • The next few days after the hurricane, keep a close watch on the overall operation of your pool to ensure that everything is working properly. Perform proper swimming pool maintenance as necessary.

The pool professionals can provide you more information on swimming pool maintenance to protect your pool in the event if a hurricane, or if your pool has sustained extensive damage after it.  Contact Pool Doctor of the Palm Beaches for professional pool service and swimming pool maintenance or click here.



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