How to Secure Your Pool in a Storm
Some aspects of owning a pool can be stressful. Luckily, in most cases, a storm should not be a major cause for extra stress when it comes to your pool's health. By remembering a few simple steps, you should be able to secure your pool and avoid damage from the majority of storms.
Preparing Your Pool Before a Storm
If you know a storm is approaching, there are a couple things you should keep in mind to secure your pool:
Water level: Check the water level in your inground pool. Is it at the normal level? If so - good; leave the water as is. Your pool more than likely has overflows built in, which means excess water should safely drain off. Note: you should NOT drain your pool of water before a storm. The water in your pool acts as a defense against debris from the storm which could otherwise damage your pool's finish. Furthermore, draining too much water from the pool can cause increased hydrostatic pressure which can lead to your pool floating up from the ground.
Equipment: Turn off the circuit breaker that powers any electric pool equipment such as your motor, pool pump, chlorinators and lights. To protect your equipment and cleaning supplies from the prospect of a flood, move everything indoors where it can stay high and dry until the bad weather passes. Time permitting, you may also want to remove any other loose pool equipment before the storm arrives.
Furniture: If especially strong winds are headed toward you, it is a good idea to move any pool or patio furniture that could potentially damage your pool (or house).
Maintaining Your Pool After a Storm
After the storm has subsided and more pressing maintenance issues have been taken care of, there are a few ways to address the health of your swimming pool:
Check the equipment: Ensure that your motor, pump and chlorinators are dry, undamaged and working properly. If the electronics did get wet during the storm, have a pool professional inspect the equipment to determine if repairs or replacements will be necessary.
Remove debris: Using a net, rake or skimmer, carefully remove any larger debris that may have entered your pool during the storm. Do not use the pool pump for this task, as the big objects will cause it to clog.
Add chemicals: Once the large debris has been removed and the equipment returned to the pool area, it is advisable to shock the water with chlorine to counteract rainfall and other contaminants.
Call a professional: For best results, have a professional pool maintenance service visit your pool after the storm to ensure that all equipment is safe, that there was no hidden damage and that the pool is once again safe to enjoy.