Hurricane season is upon us and securing your pool and pool area is a very important to minimize damage.
Never empty your pool. Pools that have been emptied may experience seri-
ous structural problems and could even be
lifted off their foundations. If your pool is
properly equipped with adequate drains
and skimmers and the surrounding area is
properly drained, the water level can most
likely be left as it is. Clear the area around any deck drains to allow maximum water
flow off your deck. Keeping sufficient water levels in your pool provides the im-
portant weight to hold the sides and bottom in place, especially when heavy rains
that accompany most storms raise the local water table.
Don’t forget to store toys and patio furniture properly; they too, can become
flying projectiles inside your pool area. Don’t Cover the Pool Solid pool covers, or
winter pool covers, can be blown off the pool fairly easily in a hurricane. They also
rip easily if tree branches or other flying objects fall on top. A safety cover will per-
form much better of course, but if a tree falls or heavy branches are blown onto a
safety cover, the cover could be ruined or severely damaged.