The summer pool season and hurricane season coincide. The months when the pool is most heavily used, and hurricanes are most anticipated should prompt a homeowner to prepare the pool. Following are handy tips to protect the pool from hurricanes and other storms.
When is hurricane season?
Hurricane season in the United States extends throughout the summer. On the Atlantic side, hurricane season starts June 1 and ends November 30. On average, the Atlantic hurricane season has 14 storms, seven hurricanes, and three major hurricanes (Category 3, 4 or 5).
The eastern Pacific hurricane season similarly runs in the summer, from May 15 to November 30. Based on a 30-year history, Pacific hurricane seasons average 15 storms, eight hurricanes, and four major hurricanes (the first of which typically occurs in mid-July).
The impact of hurricane season on a residential property can be significant. During these months, the home and pool are vulnerable to destructive winds and tornadoes. Heavy rains during hurricane season can lead to inland flooding and storm surge floods.
Extreme weather conditions, like hurricanes and other storms, expose the pool to special risks. Adequate pool preparation should be handled throughout the year, as well as right before a tropical storm or hurricane is expected, in order to limit damage and losses.
What are tips to stormproof the pool?
Tip 1: Clear Patio Furniture
Chaise lounges, tables, and chairs near the pool add comfort and convenience to pool parties. But in the midst of a storm or hurricane, these patio items transform into dangerous projectiles. Pool cleaning tools, pool toys, and umbrellas similarly become liabilities when a storm hits.
Homeowners intent on protecting both their pool and property are advised to move the free-standing furniture, tools, and toys indoors. Avoid placing these items inside an empty pool, since doing so can damage the pool’s interior finish. Alternately, securely tie down loose items and cover with tarp.
Tip 2: Fill the Pool
An empty pool during a hurricane or storm is not advised. Rather, homeowners must maintain the level of water in the pool. The weight of the water will hold the pool in the ground and prevent it from popping out as a result of the storm’s lift pressure.
Tip 3: Shut off Electrical Power
Stormproofing the pool requires that homeowners turn off the circuit breakers at the main electrical panel. Shutting off the electric power to swimming pool equipment, like chlorinators, lighting, pump motors, and heaters prevents them from operating during the height of the storm.
Keep the electrical power turned off until the storm passes. Protect the electrical pool equipment by wrapping them in waterproof plastic, disconnecting them, and storing them in a dry place. If a pool pump becomes submerged in floodwater, the motor will be ruined.
Tip 4: Superchlorinate Pool Water
Storm water and debris will introduce waterborne bacteria and other forms of contamination into the pool. A contaminated pool can be prevented by adding a shock dose of granular or liquid chlorine. Drop the pH to 7.2 first; after shocking, run the filter for a few hours to promote circulation.
Tip 5: Trim Nearby Trees
During hurricanes and storms, strong gusts of wind can break weak tree branches, which will fall and damage the pool. Homeowners will prevent potential damage to the pool by trimming dead tree limbs and low-hanging or overgrown branches. Go a step further and prune nearby bushes and shrubs.
Tip 6: Uncover the Pool
Covering the pool seems practical during a hurricane or storm. However, covering the pool when a storm hits will subject the cover to serious damage. Large, falling debris could rip the cover. Similarly, debris flying through the air as projectiles will cause significant damage to the pool cover.
Consider that even if the pool cover were left intact after a major storm, the homeowner can expect to tackle a major cleanup job afterward. Plus, keeping the pool uncovered will save the homeowner a bundle in replacement costs if the pricey pool cover becomes torn.
Tip 7: Insure the Pool
Homeowners are likely to have the pool insured along with the property. In the rare event the pool is uninsured, take steps to insure it. Homeowner’s insurance usually covers a portion of the costs to repair a damaged pool. Covered risks include falling objects, like tree limbs.
Preparing a pool for hurricanes or severe storms should be an ongoing task. Keeping the trees trimmed, for example, is a year-round responsibility. However, using the abovementioned tips will preserve the structural integrity of the pool both during hurricane season and occasional storms.
A pool can start to leak, whether due to damage from flying debris during a storm or other unrelated reasons. When a pool leaks, an expensive pool renovation may be necessary. Pool leaks can also cause gradual water damage that ruins the foundation of the home.
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