Hurricane season has arrived in Houston, and you may be wondering what preparation your pool needs for any storms. There are several tips you should know that will help to maintain not only the quality of your pool, but the safety of it as well.
Clean and Clear Your Surroundings
Your backyard may be full of various items: furniture, decor, plants. One of the most important things you can do before a storm is to clear your yard space. During a storm, high winds and rain blow through, leaving unattached items susceptible to becoming flying projectiles. This is dangerous for both your home and the surrounding area. Clear all toys and items from around your pool prior to a storm. Also remove any pool maintenance tools or umbrellas. Be sure to keep them indoors where they can’t fly away.
During a severe storm, electricity can pose a dangerous threat. Before the storm arrives, be sure to cut the power at the source for your pool’s possible motor or heater. If the pool motor is underwater, never go into the pool to resolve any issues for risk of electrocution. Before the storm, have a plan ready to go. Make sure your electrical controls are somewhere safe and dry in case of emergency. When time comes, it will be easier to cut the power and less dangerous for you and your family.
Trim the Trees
Trees and foliage become threatening forces during a hurricane. Flying branches and sticks are dangerous for people and homes alike. Before a storm hits, be sure to trim the trees in your yard. Make sure there are no loose branches that could break free during high winds. Trim any foliage and shrubbery you have beforehand as well. You can even look into routine maintenance that may make this process easier. Check out more about our maintenance services here.
Don’t Drain the Pool
Many pool owners believe that during hurricane preparation the pool should be drained before a big storm. This is actually incorrect. Keeping the pool at the correct water level is vital to protect it from damage. This is because flying debris can damage the walls of the pool. The water will also keep your inground pool from popping up above ground. For above-ground pools, water will maintain the shape of the pool and keep it from warping.
A bit of maintenance can go a long way in protecting your pool from hurricane season. Through correct preparation, your pool can be safer from damage and destruction during a storm. Be sure to contact 3D Pools and Landscape for more help with pool maintenance during hurricane season.