One of the biggest mistakes a pool owner can make is neglecting to prepare their pool area before a storm! A hurricane or bad storm can wreak havoc on your pool, especially your automatic pool cover, if unprepared. But Coversafe is here to help! We’ve put together a list of the 4 best tips to help you prepare your automatic pool cover and pool area for a hurricane or other major storm.
4 Tips to Prepare your Pool for a Major Storm or Hurricane
- Do not cover your pool! It may seem like the right thing to do, but covering your pool during a major storm can actually be a very costly mistake. Your automatic pool cover can be damaged by falling branches, trees, debris, or strong winds could tear the cover from the system.
- Clear the area. Clear your pool area of any chairs, tables, or other loose items. Wind speeds over 50 – 60 mph are considered dangerous, but even 30 – 40 mph wind can blow down patio umbrellas or small trees. Bring everything that you can indoors during a major storm, or make sure the item is securely tied down.
- Turn off all power sources in the pool area. Leaving electricity, propane, gas, or other power sources on could be potentially dangerous if struck by lightning, flooded, or damaged by falling debris.
- After the storm, clean up any debris in the pool and around the pool area. Check the automatic pool cover system box for debris or visible damage too – you may want to consider a basic maintenance visit so that a Coversafe technician is able to report back on the overall condition of your system.
For more tips on hurricane and major storm safety, visit the RedCross.org. For more information about Coversafe and Coverstar Automatic Pool Covers, please visit Coversafe.com, or call us at 866-746-8444.
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