How to Prepare Your Pool and Hot Tub Before a Hurricane

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The 2022 hurricane season is in full swing and it’s essential to be prepared for whatever Mother Nature throws our way. This includes even preparing the pool or hot tub for a storm.

You may think your pool doesn’t need to be ‘storm-ready,’ but experts say it most definitely does. Bypassing the pool during hurricane preparation can lead to a higher risk of damage to your home or even the pool itself.

But following these seven tips from the National Hurricane Center can help you prepare your pool and hot tub for hurricanes and prevent disaster in your home.

1. Remove the cover

Your instinct may be to cover your pool or hot tub before a storm, but experts say that’s actually the worst thing to 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 cover could blow it up into the air and into your home. Always remove the cover before a storm.

2. Don’t drain the water, fill it!

As tempting as it may be, draining your hot tub or pool before a storm is a bad idea. The best thing you can do is fill them as high as possible. Lowering the water will not prevent flooding, it damages the foundation structure of the pool and hot tub. An above ground pool or hot tub with a low water level during a hurricane is at risk of being pushed up or floated.

The same goes for an inground pool. Filling the pool gives it weight to keep it on the ground. Empty or low level pools can “jump” off the ground thanks to the “lifting” pressure caused by excessive rainfall. Experts advise installing a siphon hose in the pool so that you can remove excess water from the pool if it overflows.

3. Filter, disinfect and discharge before the storm

Storms have a bad habit of clogging the pool filter. Shutting off the filter and pumps before a hurricane can help prevent engine malfunction or overstress. Experts also recommend chlorinating or brominating your pool to the max before a hurricane or tropical storm so the water is ultra-sanitized.

4. Moving and tying down 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 should be secured before a storm hits. Pool experts recommend removing or screwing down skimmer caps well before a hurricane.

Then check the fence or enclosure for loose posts and make any repairs. If you have signs or decorations around the pool, take them down because of high winds. They are going to turn into a flying object that could hit your house.

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

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5. Turn off pool equipment

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

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6. Wrap and protect equipment

This is when your wrapping experience pays off. The pump motor, clock, light transformers and heater should be wrapped in waterproof plastic and then sealed before a hurricane. If you live in an area prone to flooding, it’s best to unplug your devices and move them to a dry area.

It is also worth the effort to clean the area around the equipment platform. Keeping the deck clear will allow water to drain freely from that expensive equipment once the gale-force winds and torrential rain hit.

7. Check and protect your pool screen

This may be the easiest step of all. Damage to the screen cover can be prevented by ‘venting’ the screen to allow wind to flow through. Experts say you can also remove the panels on opposite sides to give the wind a place to flow through.

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

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