Pool Information

Hurricane Pool Safety

BEFORE THE STORM

DO NOT EMPTY YOUR POOL: People may ask, "Won't the pool overflow if we don't, at least lower the water?" Yes it may, but no more so than if a patio or a plot of grass were there instead. Adequate drainage has most always been provided for in the design of the pool. Keeping the water in the pool provides the important weight to hold the pool in the ground. An empty pool is subject to "floating" or "popping" out of the ground due to "lift" pressure from excessive ground water caused by the heavy rains that may accompany the storm.

TURN OFF ELECTRIC POWER TO SWIMMING POOL EQUIPMENT: Circuit breakers at the main electrical panel should be turned off to prevent pump motors, lighting, chlorinators and heaters from operating.

REMOVE ALL LOOSE ITEMS FROM THE POOL AREA: Loose objects such as chairs, tables, toys and pool tools which can become dangerous projectiles in high winds should be stored inside of buildings. It's NOT advisable to throw patio furniture into the pool unless it is a last resort. If it is necessary to do so, gently place these items into the pool to prevent possible damage to the interior finish and remove as soon as possible to avoid staining.

ADD EXTRA CHLORINE TO THE POOL: To prevent contamination from the anticipated debris and excessive storm water, add a "shock" dose of liquid or granular chlorine.

AFTER THE STORM

AS BEFORE THE STORM, DO NOT EMPTY THE POOL: An empty pool is subject to "floating" or "popping" out of the ground due to "lift" pressure from excessive ground water caused by heavy rains that may have accompanied the storm. If it appears necessary to drain the pool due to excessive debris and/or damage, you should seek professional advice.

REMOVE DEBRIS FROM POOL FIRST: Remove large objects by hand and use a "pool rake" or "skimmer net" to remove smaller debris from the pool. Do not attempt to use the pool's vacuum system for debris that is likely to clog the plumbing.

CHECK ELECTRICAL EQUIPMENT BEFORE RE-STARTING SYSTEM: Be sure electrical devices are dry before turning circuit breakers on again. If these devices have been exposed to water, they should be checked by a licensed professional. Then turn on electricity, prime the filter system and check for normal operation.

CLEAN THE FILTER EQUIPMENT: Clean the filter and run the system 24 hours a day. When the water has attained proper clarity then reset the time clock for a normal daily cycle.

ADD CHLORINE TO POOL: To prevent contamination from the storm debris and excessive storm water add a "shock" dose of liquid or granular chlorine to the pool water.

BALANCE THE POOL WATER CHEMISTRY: Readjust the pH, total alkalinity, calcium hardness and conditioner levels and continue to check them carefully over several days.

MONITOR THE POOL OPERATION: It is important to monitor the overall operation of the entire system for several days after the storm to be sure everything is operating properly.

Methods of Heating a Pool

  1. An electric heat pump swimming pool heater is an energy saving unit that moves heat from the surrounding air and transfers it to the pool water using state-of-the-art technology, and is so efficient it will save you money in operating costs when compared to gas. The useful design life of a heat pump is much the same as your home air conditioner or the refrigerator in your kitchen. The use of a solar blanket is optional due to the low operating costs for an electrical heat pump.
  2. A gas heater, although the least expensive to install has the fastest temperature recovery, is by far the most expensive to operate. In addition to the gas heater itself, you'll need to install a gas tank and a buried supply line. The fact that the heat exchanger and other components are directly fired with gas flames, the equipment tends to have a short useful life of approximately 5 to 7 years.

    Most people do not care for the appearance of a pool blanket and most find them a nuisance to work with. However, the use of a heat retaining solar blanket is strongly recommended with a propane gas heater as a way to help reduce the higher operating costs.

  3. A solar pool heater for a swimming pool represents perhaps the most cost effective method of all, at least from an operating cost standpoint, but the "downside" is that during periods of cloudy and inclement weather, maintaining a warm water water temperature may not be possible. Local climatological data collected over many years by the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration shows there is an average of 10 to 12 cloudy days in each of our winter months. Therefore, you are at the mercy of Mother Nature as to whether you'll have warm pool water with a solar pool heater. The use of a heat retaining solar blanket is definitely recommended with a solar system in an effort to maintain swimmable water temperatures. A solar system, at best, is helpful in lengthening your swimming season but it will come up short of the needed 82 degrees in the winter months and may only deliver a 7 to 10 degree rise above the ocean water temperature without a heat pump or propane back-up system.