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HURRICANE POOL PRECAUTIONS AND SAFETY TIPS


Swimming Pool Hurricane Precautions!

Preparing your Swimming Pool for a Hurricane is a regular thing to us in Cape Coral and Southwest Florida. Pool Safety is the number one concern when it comes to our family and loved ones. We have gathered some helpful tips for you to do before the storm below. We highly recommend that you call us after the storm to do a check up on your system prior to starting it back up. We know things can be confusing especially when dealing with the electrical aspect of your pool filter system


Safety Tips Before The Storm

Do Not Empty Your Pool:

People may ask, "Won't the pool overflow if we don't, at least, lower the water?" Yes, it may, but no more so than if a patio or a plot of grass were there instead. Adequate drainage has most always been provided for in the design of the pool. Keeping the water in the pool provides the important weight to hold the pool in the ground. An empty pool is subject to "floating" or "popping" out of the ground due to "lift" pressure from excessive ground water caused by the heavy rains that may accompany the storm.

Turn off Electric Power to Swimming Pool Equipment:

Circuit breakers at the main electrical panel should be turned off to prevent pump motors, lighting, chlorinators, and heaters from operating. Wrap the pump motor, time clock, light transformers and electric heaters with a waterproof plastic membrane and tie it securely in place to prevent sand and driving water from entering. If flooding is expected, it may be best to disconnect these devices and store them in a dry place.

Remove all Loose Items from the Pool Area:

Loose objects such as chairs, tables, toys and pool tools which can become dangerous projectiles in high winds should be stored inside of buildings. It's not advisable to throw patio furniture into the pool unless it is a last resort. If it is necessary to do so, gently place these items into the pool to prevent possible damage to the interior finish and remove as soon as possible to avoid staining.

Do Not Cover the Pool:

It would be instinct to run out and close or put on the swimming pool cover when a storm is coming. DO NOT DO IT! Storms bring wind, and wind can cause falling branches and other flying debris that can damage pool covers. It's much easier to remove debris from the pool after the storm, than it would be to replace an expensive cover.

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