It is a fact of life that mid-spring to mid-summer is the season of severe weather here in Pennsylvania. When severe weather is in the forecast, it is essential to know how to take care of your swimming pool before and after major storms. “How will I know if a major storm is predicted?” you ask. It turns out that you can receive severe weather alerts through the National Weather Service’s website, as well as your local news provider. You can even configure your phone to receive Wireless Emergency Alerts when a big storm is brewing in your area. The bottom line is, if you are a pool owner, there are steps you can take to protect your pool, its equipment, and your property from potential damage from a major weather event.
Preparation Before a Major Storm
Along with any major storm, high winds can be expected, and that is what wreaks the most havoc to your pool, pool equipment, and surrounding property. Hopefully, you will have enough of a warning to tackle all the recommended steps to minimize damage. Here are the main items to attend to.
- If at all possible, trim any loose branches that could become airborne and end up in the pool or fly into your house or other yard structures.
- Store away all loose objects. That includes patio furniture, pool toys, chaise lounges, BBQ grills, umbrellas, and anything else that isn’t nailed down. The wind could blow these items into the pool, and that should be avoided. Ideally, place them out of harm’s way inside a garage or shed, but if that isn’t feasible, stack them up against an exterior house or garage wall and secure them well with a tarp and rope.
- Turn off the power (gas, electricity, propane) to all your pool equipment. Turn the electricity off at the circuit breaker and the gas at its shut-off valve. If possible, cover the pool equipment with a plastic tarp.
- Do not cover the pool. Pool covers can become airborne and receive significant damage. Also, if a large tree limb were to land on your pool cover, it would cause it serious harm.
- Do not drain the pool. The weight of the water in the pool keeps it in place in the ground.
- Test your water chemistry before the storm and balance the chemicals. Add shock if desired. This will give you a head start when it comes to setting things right after the deluge.
Cleanup After the Big Storm
After things have died down and you feel it is safe to set things back in place, there are a few things you can do to get your pool back in operation again.
- Fish out any large pieces of debris from the pool. Use the skimmer to pick up leaves and smaller bits.
- Inspect and turn back on your pool equipment. If the equipment got wet in the storm, you will need to allow it to dry out.
- You are going to have to give your pool a good cleaning. Scrub the walls and get the pool vac going.
- The next step is to re-balance the water chemistry. Test the water again. You may need to have some or all of these chemicals on hand:
- Pool shock
- Calcium increaser
- Alkalinity products
- Cyanuric acid
Summer storms may seem far away right now, but they do occur in our area, and it is important to be prepared. Fronheiser Pools wants you to know how to take care of your swimming pool before and after major storms. We are also your number one source for pool supplies and chemicals in Berks County. Give us a call or stop by. We are here to help!