As a pool owner, you need to be knowledgeable in what you need to do when a storm is coming. Luckily, it isn’t a major cause for concern when a storm is coming in. In fact, there’s just a few simple steps that you need to follow to avoid any severe damage to your pool. Here’s what you need to know about securing and preparing your pool for an impending storm.
Prior to a Storm
- Level of Water – If the water in your pool is normal, then that’s great. Most pools have overflows, which will allow excess water to drain safely. You do not want to drain your pool, as debris can damage the finish.
- Pool Equipment – Be sure to turn off the breaker to your pool’s electrical equipment, such as the motor, pump, etc. Move these items safely inside to a high, dry area. If you have time, remove any loose pool equipment and secure these items inside.
- Pool Furniture – If the storm is bringing heavy winds, you will want to store your pool and patio furniture, such as tables and chairs, inside as well.
Following a Storm
- Debris Removal – You will need to remove any large debris that has made its way into and around your pool. Dirt can be taken care of with your pool pump and filter once you have restored power.
- Inspect Equipment – Make sure all of your equipment is undamaged and dry. Once this has been done, you can turn the breaker on.
- Pool Water – Add two pounds of shock (for the typical size pool: about 15,000 gallons) to your pool immediately after the storm, as the rain will throw the pH balance off.
To learn more about pool preparation before a storm or to request an estimate of a pool cleaning and inspection following a storm, give us a call at Clean and Clear Pools, Inc. We proudly service Livermore, Pleasanton, Dublin, San Ramon, Danville & Alamo areas.
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