When you own a pool, part of your hazardous weather event preparations should include protecting this recreational investment from potential damages. Manning Pool Service has put together some resources to help you devise a preparedness checklist to prepare your pool. When damages or breakdowns occur, Manning Pool Service is here to help you with your pool equipment repair.
Hurricane Season Preparations
Hurricanes are the biggest threats to our area, given our proximity to the Gulf Coast and Galveston Bay. When the weather forecast calls for a potential hurricane landfall anywhere along the Texas and Louisiana coastal region, it is a good idea to prepare your pool for the event.
1-2 Days Ahead of the Hurricane
Get prepared for a potential strike one to two days ahead of landfall. During this time, you should shock your pool. It is also advisable to secure your patio furniture against high winds, storing it away if possible.
24 Hours Ahead of the Hurricane
Within the 24-hour timeframe before landfall, you should have a pretty good idea of where the hurricane will strike. If it is due to hit the Houston area, you need to turn off all pool equipment and switch off the breakers.
After the Hurricane
Once the storm has passed, now it’s time to assess the damages and clean up your pool. If necessary, contact professionals for pool maintenance Houston or pool cleaning services. Should you decide to perform cleanup yourself, here are the steps you should take:
- Make sure the water level is normal.
- Clear out any objects or heavy debris.
- Remove large leaves.
- Vacuum up small debris from the pool bottom.
- Shock the pool again, and take a water sample to Manning Pool Service for analysis.
- Equalize the pool chemicals.
- Clean out the filter.
High Wind Event Preparations
Hurricanes are the most serious wind threat. The primary concern during other high wind weather systems is debris in the pool. When there is excess debris in the pool, it increases the demand for chlorine, reducing the amount available for decontamination.
Remove the debris as soon as possible. Empty the pool skimmers as well to prevent clogging, which can run your pump dry and burn out the motor. This duty may need to be performed several times a day, depending on the severity of the wind event. It’s not advisable to leave the job for your pool cleaning services. If your pump motor does burn out, call Manning Pool Service for your pool equipment repair.
Cold Weather Preparations
While it is rare that we get a cold-weather event that is of great concern, we do get freezing temperatures on occasion. Know what to do to prepare your pool ahead of the falling mercury to reduce the risk of damages.
What To Do When Freezing Temperatures Are in the Forecast
Before the freezing temperatures hit, return your pool water to its normal level and remove any debris. Once this is complete, you should:
- Turn on the pump, running it continuously to keep the water moving.
- Wrap the water fill line with insulating material.
- Insulate valves and lines for slides and aerators.
- Run the booster pumps for water features or drain the lines and cover them.
- Shock the pool and balance the pH levels.
You do not need to turn on your pool heater. Continuously running the booster pumps for pool cleaning equipment is also unnecessary.
What To Do When You Have a Heat Pump
If you have a heat pump, there are a few additional measures that you need to take. To protect this piece of equipment, make sure you take the following steps:
- Remove the trippers from the timer and turn it off.
- Remove the lid from the pump.
- Unscrew volute and pot plugs if the pump has them.
- Switch the multiport and push-pull valves to backwash.
- Remove the multiport valve’s and the filter’s drain plugs.
- Open the filter’s air relief valve.
- Open the heater filter’s drain plug or open the wing nuts.
- Remove the chlorinator lid.
- Remove the chlorinator plug.
- Store all plugs in a safe location.
Flood Event Preparations
Flood events aren’t always easily predicted, and when they occur, they can happen fast. Prepare your pool ahead of time for the chance of flooding by adding an algaecide and additional chlorine. Additionally, lower the water level by a couple of inches, but be sure it is still flowing through the skimmer.
Monitor the water level during the heavy rainfall event, and if it looks like the pool is going to overflow, you drain water from the pool using the appropriate methods for your filter type. If the yard is in danger of significant flooding, turn off all pool equipment at the breaker.
Drought Condition Preparations
The primary issue during a drought event is to ensure you do not lose too much water from your pool. Evaporation rates are higher during a drought, so the best way to minimize the water you lose is to:
- Cover your pool when not in use.
- Turn off all water features.
- Minimize backwashing.
- Lower heater temperature, as warm water evaporates rapidly.
Prolonged Power Outage Guidelines
When the power goes out for an extended period, there is little you can do to your pool. Running the pump is almost never an option. Keep your pool clear of debris. Only use liquid or granulated chlorine; never use a chlorine tab. Since the water is still, you will have to be the one to disperse the chlorine in the pool. Be sure to use a brush on the bottom and the sides to remove any algae.
Maintenance and Repair Services
Manning Pool Service has been serving the Houston area since 2001, and we have more than 30 years of experience providing quality customer service. When you need maintenance work or pool equipment repair services, you can count on MPS. For more information or to schedule an appointment, give us a call at 713-812-9098 or use our online contact form.