There is a lot of misinformation about swimming pool prep for hurricanes.
Let’s look at what you should do:
- Leave the water in your pool – you will need the weight to hold it in the ground.
- Remove the pool cover, so high winds won’t rip it off and heavy rains won’t collapse it.
- Remove and store anything from and around the pool that can become a projectile.
- Turn off all electricity to the pool at the breaker box– ensure everything pool connected is off.
- Ensure deck drains are draining properly and quickly, so the surrounding area doesn’t flood.
- Remove a panel or two from your pool screen, as well as the door to allow winds to pass through.
- Super-chlorinate (shock) the pool water to help ward off bacteria brought by the storm.
- Store all movable furniture and pool items in the garage, so they can’t become a projectiles.
- Remove any canvas awnings or coverings from permanent furniture enclosures or home awnings and store in the garage.
- Trim any overhanging trees or nearby shrubbery to keep the storm from tossing pieces of them into the pool.
Proper preparation and pool maintenance will save a lot of headaches and limit costly repairs after a hurricane has passed. It also will lessen the chance of a lawsuit from a neighbor for not securing projectiles before the storm.