3 Ways to Prep Your Pool for Hurricane Season
Hurricane season is coming soon, and hurricane pool prep is a must! If you are in Florida, hurricane prep can be the difference between a swimming pool that's safe to swim in or one that becomes a disaster area.
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To help you prepare for hurricane season, we've compiled 3 tips on how to clean and maintain your pool and surrounding outdoor area before hurricane season and make sure it will be ready when the storm arrives.
1. Don't Completely Drain Your Pool
If there is one thing that Floridians know, it's that hurricanes can bring massive amounts of rain into your neighborhood. Even though you might have a fear of your pool overflowing with rainwater and flooding your surrounding porch area, and even potentially your home.
We recommend that you do not completely drain your pool. The Clean Pool Company recommends you drain out 12-18 inches at the most. Why shouldn't you drain your pool entirely? In two words: Pool Pop
An empty pool is susceptible to floating or popping out of place due to the displacement of water around it. Keeping your pool’s water levels high ensures that it has the weight to keep the bottom and sides of your pool in place. The practice of keeping your pool water full to ensure it is able to combat the rising natural weather table that heavy rainfall causes. If a pool is empty and a heavy storm rolls in and dumps a larger than normal quantity of water - it could lift it right out of its foundation. To put it simply, the water in your pool is needed to help it from shifting from the foundation, and it also helps keep the shape of your pool from becoming deformed.
2. Make Sure Drains & Gutters are Clear & Operational
In the event of a hurricane, it's important to get all of your ducks in order. Make sure you clear out any leaves and other debris from around your pool so that water has easy access to everything else. And while we're at it - check those gutters! Clear them for optimal drainage space as well for anything extra rainwater doesn't stay where it belongs: outside or inside your house with you! You also want to make sure you either tie-down or weigh down things like patio furniture and things of that nature - so that when strong gusts of wind blow through, the wind cant pick up these items and damage your pool’s surface or your pool equipment.
3. Inspect Equipment Before Restarting After the storm has passed - and you are wanting to get your pool system back up and running. You need to fully inspect your pool pump and the rest of your pool system to make sure that there has been no damage to the wiring or integrity of the equipment itself. If you turn your pool back on when your equipment is damaged, it could turn into a major issue and potentially destroy your entire pool system, which is an expensive mistake that you don't want to make. If you are a pool owner in the central Florida area and have any specific questions relating to getting your pool serviced, how to properly maintain your pool in different situations, or if you have pool equipment that you don't think is operating properly - please contact us. The Clean Pool Company is here to help you keep your pool crystal clear and ready for swimming.
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