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Tropical Storm & Hurricane Pool Protocol

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Tropical Storm and Hurricane Pool Protocol 

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 was there instead. Adequate drainage has most always been provided for in the design of the pool.  If not then you should drain no more then 12 inches out. 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 skimmer lids (make great frisbees) 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.  

Add Extra Chlorine to the Pool To prevent contamination from the anticipated debris and excessive storm water, add a high dose of liquid or granular chlorine (2 jugs or 4 bags, average pool).  Algae Kill, the strongest granular made works best, 1 bottle for an average pool.  This product can only be used in gem or marcited pools that are not dyed or painted. It has a long shelf life, buy now, $14.99 per bottle, our suppliers run out as storms approach.  

Do Not Cover the Pool Although covering the pool would possibly protect the finish from branches or debris that could come in and damage it, most likely the cover will not stay in place.  The strong winds would just end up destroying your cover and taking it away.



After The Storm 

As Before the Storm, Do Not Empty the Pool An empty pool is subject to "floating" or "popping" out of the ground due to "lift" pressure from excessive ground water caused by heavy rains that may have accompanied the storm. If it appears necessary to drain the pool due to excessive debris and/or damage, you should seek professional advice. 
Remove Debris from Pool First Remove large objects by hand and use a "pool rake" or "skimmer net" to remove smaller debris from the pool. Do not attempt to use the pool's vacuum system for debris that is likely to plug the plumbing. 

Check Electrical Equipment Before Restarting System Remove waterproof plastic membrane from electrical devices and be sure they are dry before turning circuit breakers on again. If these devices have been exposed to water, they should be checked by a licensed professional. Then turn on electricity, prime the filter system, and check for normal operation. 

Add Chlorine to Pool To prevent contamination from debris and excessive storm water, add a high dose of liquid or granular chlorine (2 jugs or 4 bags average pool).  Algae Kill, the strongest granular made works best and helps to remove stains from debris.  It can only be used in gem finished or marcited pools that are not dyed or painted.  It has a long shelf life, buy now, $14.99 per bottle, our suppliers run out as storms approach.   

Clean the Filter Equipment Clean the filter and run the system 24 hours a day. When the water has attained proper clarity then reset the time clock for a normal daily cycle.  Balance the Pool Water Chemistry Bring in a water sample so the complete balance of the pool can be checked.  Storms can dilute the water balance and add phosphates to the pool which will use up your chlorine and feed algae.  

Monitor the Pool Operation 

It is important to monitor the overall operation of the entire system for several days after the storm to be sure everything is operating properly.  Please call us if you need any repairs or have any questions.