How to prepare your pool and hot tub ahead of a hurricane

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The hurricane season of 2022 is in full swing and being prepared for whatever Mother Nature throws at us is essential. This also includes preparing the pool or hot tub for a storm.

You may think your pool doesn’t have to be “ready for storms,” ​​but experts say it definitely is. Pool views during hurricane preparation can put you at a greater risk of damage to your home or even the pool itself.

However, following these seven tips from the National Hurricane Center can help you prepare your pool and hot tub hurricane and avoid disasters in your home.

1. Remove the lid

Your instinct may be to cover the pool or hot tub before a thunderstorm, but experts say it’s actually the worst thing you can do. The cover, which we normally use to keep debris out of the water, can turn an above-ground pool and hot tub into a flying object during a hurricane. Wind blowing over the roof could throw it into the air and into your home. Always remove the cover before a thunderstorm.

2. Do not drain the water, fill it up!

As tempting as it may be, emptying your hot tub or pool before a thunderstorm is a bad idea. The best thing you can do is fill them as high as possible. The lowering of the water does not prevent flooding, it damages the structure of the foundations of the pool and hot tub. An above ground pool or hot tub with a low water level during a hurricane runs the risk of being pushed up or floating away.

The same goes for an inground pool. Filling the pool gives it weight to keep it in the ground. Empty or low-level pools can “pop” out of the ground due to the “lift” pressure caused by excessive rain. Experts recommend installing a siphon tube in the pool so that you can drain excess water from the pool if it overflows.

3. Filter, disinfect and drain before the storm

Storms have a bad habit of clogging the pool filter. Turning off the filter and pumps before a hurricane can help you avoid engine malfunctions or overexertion. Experts also recommend shocking your pool to the max with chlorine or bromine before a hurricane or tropical storm so that the water is ultra-sanitized.

4. Move and tie loose objects

This seems like an obvious part of planning ahead for a storm, but when it comes to swimming pools and hot tubs, the list can be endless. Chairs, tables, decorations, pool cleaning tools, even skimmer lids, all need to be secured before a storm hits. Pool experts recommend that skimmer lids be removed or screwed tightly before a hurricane.

Next, check the fence or fence for loose posts and make repairs. If you have signs or decorations around the pool, take them down because in strong winds. They will become a flying object that could hit your home.

It is best to put all outdoor furniture inside your home. Only as a last resort should you put pool furniture or cleaning tools in the pool. Anything left inside the pool can damage the pool liner as it gets hit during the storm.

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5. Turn off the pool equipment

The circuit breakers on the main panel must be turned off completely to prevent anything from working during a hurricane. Pool experts say you can run the pumps and filters while the weather is calm. However, once the strong winds, lightning and rain arrive, turn off the switch on the main panel and leave it off until the storm passes.

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6. Wrap and protect equipment

This is the time when your packaging experience pays off. The pump motor, clock, light transformers and heater must all be wrapped in waterproof plastic and then sealed before a hurricane. If you live in an area prone to flooding, it is best to unplug the devices and take them to a dry area.

It is also worth cleaning up the area around the equipment pad. Keeping the pad clean will allow water to drain freely from that expensive gear once hurricane force winds and torrential rains arrive.

7. Check and protect your pool screen cover

This may be the simplest step of all. Damage to the screen casing can be prevented by creating a “vent” in the screen to let the wind through. Experts say you can also remove the panels on opposite sides to give the wind a place to flow.

Experts say following these steps can help prevent damage to your pool, hot tub, and even your home when a hurricane strikes.

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