Storms can play havoc on our properties, and ensuring you are protecting your home as much as possible is vital to ensure minimum damage to your property.
Protecting your pool during a storm isn’t as hard as you think it might be. By taking a few simple steps, you can ensure your pool and home are safe, even if the weather is anything but safe.
Do Not Drain Your Pool
The walls and bottom of your pool are left vulnerable when you drain the water out of it. An empty pool is more likely to sustain damage during a storm. Even small pieces of flying debris from high wind can leave scratches or even holes in the materials.
Should You Cover Your Pool?
Many people automatically think to cover their pool when preparing for a storm. After all, a cover will stop anything going into your pool during high winds or torrential rain.
While this is true, a good pool cover can stop debris from landing in your pool; it is important to check you have a suitable cover that is robust and free from damage, or you might end up finding that your cover has caused more damage than protection.
Clear The Area
Clearing the area from garden furniture and ornaments is best to prevent items from landing in your pool and causing damage. While custom pool builders can help you repair any damage caused by things out of your control, eliminating damage from your own property can further reduce this risk. Take anything that isn’t secured indoors or to a safer location.
To ensure your pool system is safe, cut power to the breaker at the circuit instead of just turning off the pump, motor, and filter. Follow the instructions above to ensure that the heater, lighting fixtures, and chlorinator are all turned off. It is critical to limit the risk of electrical difficulties arising from water exposure.
If moving the equipment isn’t possible, you should cover the pool equipment with a tarp or waterproof covering. Make sure it is firmly secured.
Create A Vent
If your pool is in an enclosed area, it might be worth your while creating a small vent for the wind to pass through. This can help you avoid any damage to the structure from increased wind speeds and pressure while still protecting your pool. Speak to your custom pool builders for more information on how to protect covered pools best.
Trim Your Garden and Greenery
Overgrown branches can be a hazard when there’s a storm. However, you mustn’t attempt to trim branches or shrubbery if it isn’t safe. While branches can be dangerous, other items may pose more of a risk, such as flammable materials, gas BBQs, and so on.
Once it is safe to do so, clean up your pool and surrounding areas to ensure any debris found its way is removed and the pool is safe and clean for use. Avoid any cause for added damage issues with your pool during a pool by ensuring you are proactive prior to extreme weather in securing the area.