If you’re from Northeast Pennsylvania, you’re well aware of the tumultuous weather we experience in the summer months. The mornings start off sunny and calm, only for the skies to open up and the wind to ravage your backyard, then in a flash, it’s over. Weather events happen like this all the time, but when they do, is your pool prepared?
When you’re expecting a big storm to hit, you need to take a few moments to prepare your pool and the rest of your yard. Follow this guide to help you prepare your pool for weather events.
Be it a typical NEPA thunderstorm or something more extreme, storms can cause damage to your pool.
Common damage can come from debris like dirt, tree branches, and trash entering the pool. While this may be unavoidable, there are ways you can protect your pool from costly damage. You want to spend your summer enjoying your pool, not fixing damage that could have been prevented. Taking the right precautions before a summer storm can help prevent expensive pool repairs in the future.
There are several actions you may want to take to prepare your pool for a weather event. However, you may be damaging your pool more than you think. While you need to know what to do for your pool before a storm, you also need to know what not to do.
Follow these tips for what to do and not do before a storm hits.
Contaminants and debris are likely to enter your pool during a summer storm. Because of this, you may feel compelled to drain some of the water out, leaving the pool less likely to overflow and collect debris.
However, this is not recommended. Draining your pool leaves the pool walls and floor susceptible to damage from debris and contaminants. In addition, your pool could actually end up floating from the unequal force of the water.
While this has mixed reviews, if a severe storm is coming your way, it is often suggested you not place your pool cover onto the pool surface. In general, high winds can cause the cover to blow off, and you may actually damage it.
There is nothing wrong with being proactive! With that said, we recommend that you shock your pool before a big storm so any debris and pollutants that enter the water will be easier to clean and less likely to cause algae to spread. If you’re looking for what chemicals to use to test and clean your pool, we have some recommendations for you.
You may have witnessed large hotels and resorts throwing beach chairs and lawn items into the pool water to stop them from blowing around in a storm. However, this is likely to cause damage to the pool liner and floor. Lawn furniture can also damage other areas of your yard and house, as well as your neighbors’ property.
Instead, properly store your lawn items to ensure they do not cause property damage
Water and electricity don’t mix. It seems obvious enough, but many pool owners often forget to unplug and disconnect all electrical connections to their pool and power sources before a storm.
Any exposed equipment, including motors, should be covered or removed completely if a severe storm is coming your way.
Storms can cause damage in an instant, but when you prepare ahead, you can save your pool and property from a lot of damage.
Summer storms are upon us – don’t find yourself unprepared for an event you know will happen. Be prepared for anything with the pool professionals of Aqua Leisure Pools and Spas. Contact us today to discuss how you can protect your pool from summer storms.