Return to the Pools & Spas Forum | Post a Follow-Up

Attn: East Coasters in Irene's path

Posted by poolguynj (My Page) on
Fri, Aug 26, 11 at 1:17

Public service message:

Do not cover your pool. It could blow away. This includes those with automatic covers. Unless your pool and it's equipment are on your homeowners, the repair is on you.

Boost your chlorine level to 10X the proper level shortly before it hits. 6% Bleach like Clorox or Great Value is best.

Turn off the system at the main panel's breaker to the sub-panel outside. before power goes out or you get a spike when another area goes off line, This will preserve your pumps and automation systems until power is reliable again.

Secure patio sets. Those with gunite pools might be able to pull the cushions off and set the chairs in the pool. They won't go anywhere. Obviously, don't do this with wrought iron type furniture. :-/

Turn tables upside down. They won't catch much wind that way.

Secure the shed.

Don't put things where they can fly. 100 MPH winds are no joke!

I assume no liability for this but felt compelled to do this.


Follow-Up Postings:

RE: Attn: East Coasters in Irene's path

You read my mind! Thanks for those tips. Question - should we drain some of the water out of the pool? I'm thinking of the huge mess we'll have on our hands if the pool overflows...

RE: Attn: East Coasters in Irene's path

Thanks Scott. I was wondering about draining water too.

RE: Attn: East Coasters in Irene's path

Do NOT drain the pool! With the amount of water coming our way, the water table will rise. We want every bit of weight in the pool to prevent pop ups and line floats.


RE: Attn: East Coasters in Irene's path

I only meant a little water, slightly above skimmer.

RE: Attn: East Coasters in Irene's path

The amount of rain you are about to get will negate that, don't worry about overflow its going to be absolutely pouring rain if the Hurricane passes over you.

I would shock the hell out of my pool before it hits however.

RE: Attn: East Coasters in Irene's path

After the storm, if you're without power...

1. Pick out as much debris as you can.
2. Add bleach daily and swish it around with your brush.

We were without power for 9 days after Ike. I worked on the pool for a while every one of those days...pulling branches, scooping leaves, etc. I added a gallon of Clorox a day, and used my brush to stir the water and make sure it was spread throughout the pool. The water color looked OK, but the pool was very cloudy after the storm, and it stayed that way the whole time we were without power. Our power came back on at about 5:30 on a Sunday night. One of the first things I did was turn on the pump. By the time I got up Monday morning the pool was completely clear.

RE: Attn: East Coasters in Irene's path

Those in areas of potentially high water tables and ALL liner pool owners. DO NOT LOWER THE POOL WATER LEVEL YET!

Liners will float. Gunite and F/G pools can pop up or cause hidden stress and cracking.

Manually Skim Your Pool until the water table has had time to subside!!!


 o Post a Follow-Up

Please Note: Only registered members are able to post messages to this forum.

    If you are a member, please log in.

    If you aren't yet a member, join now!

Return to the Pools & Spas Forum

Information about Posting

  • You must be logged in to post a message. Once you are logged in, a posting window will appear at the bottom of the messages. If you are not a member, please register for an account.
  • Please review our Rules of Play before posting.
  • Posting is a two-step process. Once you have composed your message, you will be taken to the preview page. You will then have a chance to review your post, make changes and upload photos.
  • After posting your message, you may need to refresh the forum page in order to see it.
  • Before posting copyrighted material, please read about Copyright and Fair Use.
  • We have a strict no-advertising policy!
  • If you would like to practice posting or uploading photos, please visit our Test forum.
  • If you need assistance, please Contact Us and we will be happy to help.

Learn more about in-text links on this page here