HOW TO PREPARE YOUR POOL FOR A STORM

Underground Pool In StormThe stormy season brings more than just powerful wind and debris. Every year people lose their homes, businesses, and much more due to strong hurricanes and bad weather. Keeping that in view, it’s always better to prepare in advance to protect yourself from the damages of a storm.

Here’s a guide on how to take care of a pool and prepare it to withstand the stormy season.

CLEAR THE POOL AREA

Patio furniture, umbrellas, grills, pool toys and equipment, and all the other movable items sitting outside can cause serious damage to your pool during hurricanes. Thus, these things need to be removed before the storm hits. Keeping these unsecured items indoors until the storm passes is integral to pool care.

TURN OFF THE POWER

Equipment installed to power up the pool including pump motors, heating system, lighting system, chlorinator need to be protected. Unplug the devices and store them in a safe, dry place until the weather improves. Also, secure the exposed, non-movable equipment by wrapping them with a waterproof covering.

DO NOT DRAIN WATER FROM THE POOL

Probably the key advice any pool care advisor would give: Never empty your pool before the rain. Water puts weight in the pool, and thus keeps it secure. An empty pool can bulge or pop up due to pressure from rising groundwater during the rain, causing serious damage to the structure. Once damaged, your pool may require major repair, costing you hundreds of dollars.

TRIM TREES AND LARGE BUSHES

Loose or overgrown tree branches can be damaging to your pool. Removing these potential threats can save you from financial and emotional stress. Trim bushes and large trees, especially loose and low-hanging branches to minimize the risk of breakage due to strong winds. Make sure to remove the trimmed branches away from the pool area so they don’t fly through the air into the pool.

LEAVE THE POOL UNCOVERED

Like other movable objects, solar blankets and covers should also be kept indoors during the storm. Objects flying through strong winds could potentially tear the cover off, causing unnecessary damage.

The builder will use them in the next step of fixing steel frames. They will come in handy during the setting of boundaries and levels required to construct the pool.

GIVE AN EXTRA DOSE OF CHLORINE TO YOUR POOL

In order to prevent contamination from debris and pollutants, experts suggest giving a shock dose of granular chlorine to your pool. Besides, the excessive amount of algaecide can prevent the overgrowth of algae in the pool, thus preventing you from the hassle of excessive cleaning once the storm is gone.

That covers how to take care of a pool before a storm. It is always good to be proactive rather than being reactive with pool care. Preparing well ahead of the storm may not only keep you safe but also help you avoid unnecessary emotional and financial burdens. However, if, despite all the precautionary measures, your pool gets damaged, you can always contact a professional swimming pool contractor to get it fixed.

If you are in Atlanta, Hilltop Pools and Spas, Inc. is where you can find a solution to all your swimming pool issues. Give us a call at 770-471-8529 or write to us at info@hilltoppools.com to discuss and get a quote for your swimming pool project.

We have had the privilege of being awarded more than 60 Design Awards in every award category, including custom residential concrete pools, commercial concrete pools, in-ground vinyl liner pools, and major renovations. Hilltop was named one of the “Top 50 Pool Builders in the USA” by Pool and Spa News in 2013-2017. Pool builders across the United States were evaluated in several areas, including the total number of pools built, customer service, certifications, industry involvement, employee retention, as well as advertising and social media presence. Our company was also nationally recognized for customer service and social media. We were the only Georgia company on the list in 2016 and 2017!

We would consider it a privilege to design and construct your project and have you as a member of our “Hilltop Family.”