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What to do With Your Swimming Pool When a Hurricane is Coming

How to Secure Your Swim Pool Against a Storm

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You know how to protect yourself from a storm, but what about your swimming pool? These are some of the ways you can minimize the damage to your swimming pool that might be caused by a tropical storm or hurricane.

    Pool Covers
    If you have a cover that is held on by water tubes or some other type of weights, do not put it on. These types of covers will be easily blown off into the yard or into the pool by high winds. Like the lift created when air moves over an airplane wing, these high winds blowing across the cover will lift it. Wind blowing over the top reduces the air pressure on top which causes the higher air pressure below to push the cover up. The cover then acts like a sail and takes off and/or tears, sometimes ending up in the pool. Not only is the cover destroyed but you have more work trying to clean the debris out of the pool after the storm.

    If you have already closed the pool for the winter and have put your cover on, you should put several inches of water on top of it to help hold it down. Also, you should put more filled water tubes in the water you have put on top and tie them to the sides to keep the wind from pushing them to one side. The weight of these tubes will help keep the water on top evenly distributed over the cover. If the tubes are not held in place, the wind will push them and the water to one side, allowing the other side to be lifted by the wind and away goes the cover!

    If you have a safety cover (this cover is attached to anchors in the deck around the pool), put it on. These covers are designed to hold even in the winds of a hurricane. Make sure that your straps are taut but not so tight that the spring (if you have this type) is completely compressed. It is also a good idea to put some padding between the cover and the edge of the pool. This will prevent the cover from being abrased by the edge of the pool as it moves with the wind. You can use old towels, water tubes, etc. for this.

    Other Swim Pool Items to Check

    • You should remove your skimmer lids (these make good frisbees) and any other loose items.
    • If, by chance, you have no storage space for your patio furniture, go ahead and put it in the pool. At least you will know where it is when it's all over!
    • Raise your sanitizer level to its maximum level ( shock it if you use chlorine or bromine).
    • Turn off your filter system before the storm hits, but do not drain the system. This will prevent the motor from burning up if the system becomes clogged or the line voltage drops. By leaving the water in the filter system, the extra weight will help hold down the equipment.
    • If you live in a low lying area that may be flooded, you should fill the pool as full as it will go. This will help prevent damage to the structure of the pool if the ground around it becomes saturated, causing the pool shell or liner to float.
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