First and foremost, your personal safety should be your biggest concern. The pool can be repaired and even replaced, you can’t! Protect yourself first!
If you have a vinyl liner pool, keep the water at the normal level, half way up the mouth of the skimmer (no higher than the top of the skimmer),
If water gets over the top of the liner it may go behind the liner and cause water to become trapped between the wall and the liner and cause the liner to float off wall of the pool.
We recommend, regardless of what the forecasters predict for precipitation, you not drain the pool at all, but instead attempt to maintain the water level no higher than the top of the skimmer.
When the storm is raging and it is not safe to go out; the pool water level is not so important that is necessary to risk injury or death.
Best way to keep the water level down during the storm is to use an automatic submersible pump (with a flat bottom), place this pump on the top step and leave it on and connect a garden hose to it directing it as far away from the pool as possible. If you don’t have an automatic submersible pump they are available at Aegean Pools retail store.
If your liner does float keep an eye on it as the water recedes you may notice wrinkles beginning to form. Before the liner settles completely on the bottom of the pool take your pool brush and carefully push the liner away from where the wrinkles are forming. If wrinkles form anyway call Aegean Pools for further assistance.
Aegean fiberglass pools have a hydrostatic pipe installed next to the pool. This 6” pipe will accommodate a special automatic submersible pump, available at Aegean Pools. Before the storm you would place this pump in the pipe plug it in and connect a garden hose to it, directing the water as far away from the pool as possible. The water level rules do not apply to fiberglass pools, the more full the better. It is best to keep a fiberglass pool from overflowing, however, be careful when draining the pool to not accidentally pump too much water out of the fiberglass pool as this may cause the pool to “float” out of the ground damaging the pool, pool plumbing, and pool deck.
DO NOT put your patio furniture in the pool during a hurricane! You can damage your pool, the liner, and your furniture.
Store pool accessories and patio furniture in the shed, garage, or pool house.
Once the hurricane has passed and you have power, shock the pool, let the pool circulate overnight, then bring us a sample, especially if you haven’t winterized. Remember water chemistry is important to protect the water from developing algae and the liner from chemical damage.
If you don’t have power manually clean the debris from the pool and add a nonmetallic algaecide to the pool water like Algaecide 60 available at Aegean Pools.
DO NOT cover your above ground pool. The cover will be destroyed in high winds.
You may cover an in-ground pool if you have a safety cover. Keep in mind that it may scratch aluminum coping around the pool, as high winds will cause the cover to flap.
DO NOT cover your in-ground pool with a water bag cover. It will either be destroyed in the high winds or blow away.
DO NOT use an inflatable dome or any dome enclosures over the pool.
If you are leaving the house turn the pool equipment off at the circuit breaker.
If you have questions beyond these tips call the experts at Aegean Pools. Preparedness.