Hurricanes are a potential threat as the tropics heat up, and there are a few things we would like to remind you of during this time of year: If we are threatened by a hurricane, there is very little that should be done to prepare your pool before the storm hits. Draining your pool a “couple of feet” is clearly a bad idea. Storm forecasts can change quickly; you never know exactly where a storm will land, how intense it will be, or how much rain will fall. We may not get enough rain to replace the water that is drained off. After the storm pool water may be a useful substitute if regular water supplies are off. Most importantly, pools can float if the ground water is higher than the pool level, so draining a pool could cause catastrophic damage to your pool. Pools simply do not hold enough water to give your house any measure of protection against flooding.
If a storm hits, it is recommended that the pool circuit breakers be shut off as the storm approaches. If the pool pump is flooded it should be allowed to dry out before restoring power. Storm preparation efforts should mainly be directed toward securing the house itself and objects in the yard that would become dangerous to others in high winds. Many people throw porch furniture in the pool to prevent them from blowing around. Hopefully the people who do this will remove the furniture after the threat of the storm has passed; this may stain the pool finish.
If a hurricane does strike our area, our ability to service your pool may be affected for days or weeks depending on the condition of roads, electrical service, and water supply. When major storms hit most pools fare pretty well but there are always some that are filled with debris. We typically charge for extra time spent removing storm related debris, if it is significant.
The Management and Staff
Naples Pool Service, Inc.