3 months ago (2018-07-16 10:19:07)

How to Prepare Your Inground Pool for a Major Storm

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With wild and unpredictable weather on the rise, it’s only natural to be concerned about one of your homes greatest assets. Although there is no way to predict exactly how bad a storm might get, it doesn’t hurt to protect your pool just in case. It’s true there is no way to completely stop debris from getting into your pool, there are certain steps you can take to safeguard against major damage from occurring. With wild and unpredictable weather on the rise, it’s only natural to be concerned about one of your homes greatest assets. Although there is no way to predict exactly how bad a storm might get, it doesn’t hurt to protect your pool just in case. It’s true there is no way to completely stop debris from getting into your pool, there are certain steps you can take to safeguard against major damage from occurring. 

1. Do not remove the water
You might be tempted to drain your pool or spa to keep it from overflowing and flooding your property. This isn’t the case, and you’ll actually do more harm than good by draining it. The water actually acts as a barrier against any debris that flies through the air, protecting the walls of your pool from scratching and other damage. If your pool has been properly installed, it should also be equipped with overflows which will drain excess water. 

2. Don’t cover your pool either
You may think, if I can’t drain it, then I should cover it, right? Wrong. Though this usually acts as a barrier against debris under regular conditions, during a storm it can be lifted up off the ground, defeating its purpose. It can also sustain major tears from sharp flying objects like chairs and branches. It’s a lot cheaper to balance your water following a storm than it is to replace your cover. Plus, a pool covers filled with water and debris is incredibly difficult to remove. 

3. Turn off the pool equipment
This is a no brainer. Don’t leave any electrical equipment running if you know there is a storm on the way. It’s likely that your pump, motor and filter may come into contact with large amounts of water during a major storm, and if there are running, they will suffer electrical damage. If you can disconnect and remove them, we strongly recommend doing so. 

4. Put away pool furniture
One of the easiest ways to prepare your pool for a major storm is by removing all furniture from the area. If you’ve got a pool shed, put it in there, otherwise bring it inside. If it’s too heavy or awkward to move, chain it down. This will stop it from flying into the water and becoming damaged – or worse, flying into your home. Some pool owners have put their furniture into the pool itself to stop them from being picked up by high winds. If you choose to do this, be very careful placing them into the pool so you don’t damage the walls or bottom. Remove them as soon as possible, so they aren’t exposed to chemicals for too long. This really should only be done as a last resort.

5. Trim surrounding trees
If you’ve got the time, consider trimming all branches that are near or overhanging your pool – especially if the trees are dead. This will drastically reduce your chances of them snapping away and flying into your pool or even into your home. You can even do this in the lead up to winter every year so that you’re prepared. You’ll be protecting your home and your family from damage and even injury this way. 

You can’t stop storms happening – that’s a fact of life. You can prepare for them though, which will go a long way to preventing major damage to your inground pool during a storm. If you follow this list, your homes biggest asset will have a much better chance of coming out the other side relatively unscathed. The rest of your property will fare better as well.
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