Protecting Your Swimming Pool from a Hurricane

Private swimming pool

Private swimming poolCopious amounts of rain and high winds can damage your swimming pool and affect the pool water’s quality, so it is advisable that homeowners should be prepared for inclement weather.

Below are some actionable steps to protect your home swimming pool from extreme weather conditions, specifically from hurricanes.

Clear your home of debris

You want to protect your swimming pool from flying objects that can damage its deck, floors, and walls. While flying debris from other homes and establishments are inevitable, you can get rid of loose items from your home such as tools, pool equipment, and lawn furniture.  Secure your items in a safe storage space to keep them from causing damage.

Do not drain your pool

Pools are designed to have a drainage system, so it is unwise to forcefully drain water out of your pool. Water in swimming pools offers the necessary weight to keep them in the ground. Without the water’s weight, an empty swimming pool can pop out or float due to the pressure brought by hurricanes.

Disconnect gas and electrical lines from your pool

Turn off all of your pool’s power sources once you are notified of an incoming inclement weather. If you have a gas heater, turn it off as well to prevent dangerous leakage. Swimming pool repair experts from Preferred Pool and Spa in Salt Lake City suggest that homeowners cover the filter and the pool pump to protect pools from hurricane damages.

Trim trees and shrubs

The leading causes of debris in pool water are surrounding shrubs and trees. Trim your trees and shrubs starting with dead leaves and weak branches. If you have any overgrown trees, cut any large branches that could snap, turn into dangerous projectiles, and be hurled during strong winds.

Your pool, just like your home, is at risk of damage in extreme weather. Take these recommendations to keep your swimming pool in shape. Do not forget to clean your pool water with safe cleaning agents to eliminate algae and bacteria brought by rain or storm water.