Hurricane Recovery

How should I remove the debris from the pool?

  • Use a “Pool Rake” or another net or skimming device such as hose-powered leaf baggers to remove small debris. Do not use your regular pool vacuum and pump equipment as the debris is likely to clog the plumbing. Be careful not to damage pool walls or bottom when removing any large objects.

How do I recover the electrical equipment?

  • Be sure all of the equipment is dry before beginning electrical start-up procedures. Check your circuit breakers to be sure they are off before reconnecting your equipment. Inspect the wiring, especially ground wires, for proper connections. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for reactivation of the equipment. If electric motors have been exposed to water, they should be checked by a competent professional.

Should I add chemicals again after the storm?

  • Test your water first before putting chemicals into the pool. The heavy accumulation of rain and debris during the storm makes it important for you to super chlorinate the pool after removing the debris to counteract the chemical dilution.

What should I do with the monitoring system?

  • It is advisable to closely monitor the operating systems through their complete cycles. Be sure clocks, timers, and other devices have been properly reset. Balance the water chemistry and continue to check it carefully. If the pool appears to be leaking, you may have a clogged hydro-static relief valve. Call a professional to inspect it.
  • Remember that your pool may be an important emergency water source for fire-fighting, toilet flushing, bathing and other uses, so be sure to return your chemistry to a balanced level as soon as possible.

Should I drain the pool after the storm?

  • Just as before the storm, an elevated water table could damage the pool. If you must drain your pool to clean it, seek professional advice.