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Preparing Your Pool And Patio Furniture For A Storm

At least you are home when you get the warning that a serious storm is headed your way. Near hurricane force winds, rain, hail, the works.

How are you going to protect your pool and patio furniture?

Take the advice of our friends at poolcenter.com:

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.

Protect the Electric Pool Equipment

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.

Protect the Screen Enclosure

Some damage to the frame of the screen structure may be prevented if you provide a “vent” for wind to flow through. Consider removing screen panels on opposite sides of the enclosure by pulling out the vinyl spine that retain the panels.

Add Extra Chlorine to the Pool

To prevent contamination from the anticipated debris and excessive storm water, add a “shock” dose of liquid or granular chlorine.

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.”

Criterion adds that if there is any way to secure your outdoor furniture without putting it into your pool please do so. The chlorine and chemicals are to harsh for delicate vinyl, and fabric slings. Make sure your umbrella is completely in the closed down position and tied securely.

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