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Prep Your Pool and Patio for a Storm

Severe weather and thunderstorms are common in the spring and summer in Kansas. What can you do to protect your property and prep your pool and patio for a storm?

The big storms will come, and it’s always better to be prepared. Check out these tips.

Don’t Cover Your Pool

Some people might think it’s better to cover their pools during a storm, as that will make it easier to clean up debris. However, in our windy state of Kansas, that’s not always the best idea, as strong winds and thunderstorms can damage a pool cover or even lift it right off the pool.

What’s more, your pool cover may get holes or tears in it if there is a tornado or even if limbs from your trees fall on the cover. In a heavy thunderstorm, you don’t want anything thrown on top of your cover and breaking it.

You will also find it easier to get any debris out of your pool than off your cover.

Don’t Drain Your Pool

Even if there is a tornado threat, you don’t want to drain your pool. The water is what helps keep your pool anchored to the ground. In super severe storms, empty pools can lift some out of their positions in the ground.

If a pool is drained, large flying debris can also cause damage to your foundation.

So avoid damage to the foundation of your pool and leave the water in it.

Store Your Patio Furniture

It’s best practice to store away your deck and patio furniture, in pool chaise lounges, patio umbrellas, grills, pool toys, and other outdoor objects.

If you have an awning to put them under, that’s fine, too. You can stack things up next to your house or put them in a garage or shed.

You don’t want anything blowing away in the Kansas thunderstorms.

In addition, don’t store anything in your pool, especially if you have a vinyl liner. Although, your pool robot should be fine on the bottom of the pool.

Balance Your Pool Water

This is an important step to prep your pool.

Balancing your water before the storm will make cleaning up after the storm much easier, especially if your pool water becomes unbalanced.

Finally, it’s a good idea to shock your pool before the storm to kill off any algae or contaminants before the storm brings anything else into your pool.

Use the Right Chemicals After the Storm

Once the storm has passed, you will likely need to balance and shock your swimming pool again.

In addition, do bring us a water sample after the storm so we can run it through our free ALEX system.

Final Thoughts to Prep Your Pool and Patio

It always pays to be prepared. You want to make sure you have all the important pool chemicals on hand as well. These include:

  • Pool shock
  • Chlorine
  • Algaecide
  • Calcium increaser
  • Alkalinity products
  • Cyanuric acid

If you have any questions about taking care of your pool and patio before or after the storm, contact us today!