Common Pool Hurricane Prep Procedures, And Why You're Doing Them Wrong

Posted on: 19 September 2014

If you live in an area prone to hurricanes, you probably have a routine procedure in place to protect your in-ground pool and its components from damage. While it's great that you have a plan, that plan may not be nearly as effective as you think it is. Read on to discover 3 things you're probably doing wrong when it comes to hurricane storm prep for your in-ground pool.

Covering Your Pool Before The Storm Hits

It seems like a good idea to cover your pool before the harsh hurricane rains wreak havoc on its pH balance, but there's a lot more to consider than whether or not you'll need to adjust your chemicals after the storm. 

Most in-ground swimming pools have automatic covers that open and close at the push of a button. When they're closed, a submersible pump works to drain away any water that has accumulated on top of them.  It's a lovely feature, but if the power goes out, you can forget about the comfort that this handy drainage system offers you.

As the rain accumulates, you'll have no way to curb the weight of the water bearing down on your pool cover. Eventually, if it rains long enough, your pool cover will collapse entirely -- messing up those pH levels you were so worried about protecting, and leaving you with a costly pool cover replacement bill.

If you have an automatic pool cover, it's best to just leave off during a hurricane. You'll have to toy with your chemicals later, yes, but depending on the size of your pool, you could save yourself the $2000 - $5000 it would cost you to buy a new cover.

Completely Draining Your Pool Before The Storm

If you drain your pool to prevent it from overflowing during a hurricane, stop; you're increasing its risk of damage by doing so. As the ground around your pool becomes saturated during periods of excessive rain, your pool foundation becomes susceptible to shifting and sliding. 

By not draining your pool, the weight of the water inside of it will help to hold your foundation in place and prevent it from shifting, or worse yet, collapsing. 

If your in-ground pool was constructed properly, it will have an overflow drainage system in place to handle the excess water from the storm. In accordance with building code, this drainage system must leach the water to an area that is a safe distance away from your home. You don't need to worry about your pool flooding and damaging your property -- you need to worry about your property flooding and damaging your pool. 

Placing Patio Furniture Inside The Pool

When there's a storm brewing, it's recommended that you move every single bit of unsecured furniture and lawn decor to an inside location. If you get a lot of hurricanes, you've probably determined that it's a lot quicker and easier to throw all that stuff right inside your pool. It makes sense to you; you don't have to tote everything quite so far, and the weight of the water prevents your things from blowing away, right? 

Wrong. It's never a good idea to put anything besides people and floating devices in your pool. Your pool liner is fragile, and it doesn't take much to cause it to rip or tear. One wrong move and you can expect to be paying for pool liner repair. Despite it being the more difficult option, take the time to move all of your lawn furniture and decor to your garage or shed.

Take the time to click here and reconsider how you prepare your in-ground pool for a hurricane. Many of the common practices for pool hurricane prep aren't nearly as effective as the above three alternative solutions.