As devastating as a storm can be emotionally and physically, the aftermath can often be even worse. When you get the opportunity to go back to your home after an evacuation, you usually have no idea exactly what to expect. After you get a chance to inspect the damage, here are some steps you can take as a pool owner to get your pool back in working order again.
Give Your Pool’s Water Some TLC
First, you’ll want to thoroughly clean out your pool from all the debris that was blown into it by the wind. If you fail to perform this step quickly and carefully, your pool could end up developing permanent stains.
Once this step is complete, you’ll want to turn your attention to your pool’s chemical makeup. You’ll want to test the water to find out which chemicals you need to add in order to get the pH properly balanced. You may need to add super chlorination or give the pool a shock. Then be sure to run the filter until the water shows complete clarity.
Keep everyone out of the pool until these processes are complete and you’ve waited for the recommended time after the shock or super chlorination has taken place. Resist the temptation to just drain your pool and start over. Believe it or not, it’s better to clean your pool’s existing water.
Thoroughly Inspect Your Pool’s Electrical Components
If you were able to take advantage of the preparation tips mentioned in our previous articles (see Part 1 & 2), you may have been fortunate enough to avoid major damage to your pool’s electrical system. Just to be on the safe side, it’s important to give your pool’s electrical system a complete check before you resume use of the pool.
Allow your pool’s motor at least 24 hours to dry out completely. Look it over, along with your pool pump, for any signs of wear and tear from the storm. Motors and pumps that were left inside the pool will also require a checkup. After the power comes back on in your area and you’ve allowed time for the motor to dry out, you’ll want to contact an insured, licensed and reputable pool repair specialist to give your pool a total inspection. They’ll be able to recommend any repairs you’ll need for your pool’s equipment or finish.
Make Sure You’re Prepared for the Next Storm With Flood Insurance
Everyone living in a hurricane zone should carefully consider getting flood insurance. Since storms are so common near the coast and even pretty far inland in certain regions, the chances of sustaining damage to your property are quite high. Rather than being forced to make costly repairs out of pocket, investing in flood insurance is a smart choice. Speak to your local insurance agent to find out more about what kind of coverage is recommended for your area. You can also check out FEMA’s flood map service center for more information about preparing yourself financially for flooding as a result of storms.
Dealing with the destruction of a storm can be serious. Preparing in advance can make a world of difference. Following these helpful tips could give you a real advantage when it comes to protecting your pool and other property in the event of a severe storm.
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