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How to protect your pool from a Hurricane in South Florida?

How to protect your pool from a Hurricane in South Florida?

Storm season starts on June 1, 2013 in South Florida. You should prepare your home well in advance of the start of the season and your pool area is no exception.

Here are a few tips to get you started: Be sure to revisit your home owner’s insurance policy. Take a look at the trees that you take for granted and follow the guidelines listed below from FEMA.  Remember: Failing to prepare is preparing to fail.  And most importantly, things can always be replaced; keeping your family, pets and yourself safe is your first priority.

Protecting Your Shelter From The Storm:

Secure Your Pool, Spa & Yard: A Checklist of Safety Precautions for Your Pool or Spa

If a storm is approaching, the last thing you want to worry about is what to do about your swimming pool or spa. Post this checklist on your refrigerator so you’ll know what to do to secure your pool or spa in the anxious hours before a storm hits or prior to evacuation.

Should you drain your pool before a hurricane?

Many pool owners believe that draining their swimming pools or spas before a storm hits will keep it from overflowing and flooding their property. Wrong. Properly built or installed pools should be equipped with overflows that will drain excess water. If you want to slightly empty the water level, lower it no more than 1-2 feet. Otherwise, the hydrostatic pressure can be too strong, possibly causing the pool to “float” or “pop” out of the ground, according to the Official Broward County Hurricane Preparedness Guide. The water in your pool serves as a kind of shield, protecting your pool’s finish from the effects of flying debris.

Turn Off Power To The Pool Equipment

  • Unless safety precautions are taken, the most significant storm damage to your pool can occur with the pump and it’s motor.
  • Turn off the circuit breaker to the pool equipment (pump, motor, lighting, chlorinators, etc.).
  • Remove the motor and relocate it to a high-and-dry place inside, away from water and flooding.
  • Another solution for saving the pump’s motor: tightly wrap it with plastic and strapping tape or rope.

Don’t Forget Other Pool Parts

If you have time, remove all loose items from the pool area, including filter house tops, deck lid of filter, etc.

Outdoor Furnishings & Plants Need To Come Inside

Besides saving your patio furnishings, outdoor toys, potted plants, pool cleaning equipment and gardening equipment, you’ll want to bring these items inside to prevent them from damaging your house or other parts of your property if they get battered about by strong winds and heavy rain. For heavier outdoor objects that can’t easily be brought inside, anchor them to something solid with rope, bungee cord, chains, etc.

Prune Branches Of Trees And Shrubs

Ideally, you should prune dying and weak branches of trees and shrubs throughout the year as part of your regular yard maintenance. If you have a gardener, make sure this is part of his / her maintenance routine.

After The Storm: CPR For Your Pool

Once you’ve received clearance to return home and have taken care of other more critical and emotional assessments of damage, you can address the pool or spa. You’ll want to:

  • Clean out debris from swimming pool to keep it from staining permanently.
  • Balance water pH, super chlorinate or shock your pool, and run the filter until the water becomes clear.
  • Don’t allow anyone to use your pool right before or after super chlorination.
  • It may be tempting if your pool is a disastrous mess, but, again, don’t drain it.

Check The Electrical System

Inspect your pool pump and motor for any damage. Let the motor dry for at least 24 hours. If you couldn’t remove your equipment before the storm and it was underwater, get it checked out. When electricity has returned, call a licensed, insured pool repair company to thoroughly inspect your pool and equipment.

Save The Trees & Landscaping

If addressed soon, your uprooted trees can be revived. Here’s how:

  • Stake leaning trees and shrubs upright with cushioned wires or ropes.
  • Cover exposed roots with damp sheets or cloth; never use plastic.
  • Lightly trim and prune branches. If more than one-third of the plant is damaged, you may want to consider replacing it, or take cuttings if you know how.

Again, remember that your family and your pets are your first priority. If you are unsure of any possible damage that your pool may have sustained during or following a storm, it is always best to check with a pool professional.


Pool Builders Inc. did a great job installing my new pool and patio under difficult site circumstances with a draconian city building code. John Delre was an attentive sales representative and always returned my calls when I had any questions or issues to resolve. DJ and his crew did a great job with the construction of the pool and patio. I highly recommend them!
Evan Leach
Evan Leach
17:39 25 Jan 24
We wanted to share our amazing experience with Robert and his team in building our beautiful pool. It is our paradise and we are so happy with the outcome. From the day we called for a quote until the pool finished they have been nothing but exceptional. Robert is amazing to work with! Very responsive and easy to collaborate with. We absolutely love the outcome of our pool and would recommend 100% to everyone looking to build a pool in their homes. Thank you Pool Builders Inc!
Like Mike
Like Mike
22:55 02 Nov 23
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 5/5 StarsI cannot speak highly enough about Pool Builders! From the moment we decided to turn our backyard dreams into reality, they've been exceptional every step of the way.Our experience with Pool Builders has been nothing short of excellent. Here are some key reasons why we are thrilled with their services:1. **Expertise:** The team at Pool Builders demonstrated an impressive level of expertise from the very beginning. They guided us through the entire process, helping us design a pool that perfectly suits our space and lifestyle.2. **Quality Workmanship:** The construction phase was executed flawlessly. Their attention to detail and commitment to using top-notch materials showed in the final result—a stunning, durable pool that we know we'll enjoy for years to come.3. **Timely Completion:** Pool Builders exceeded our expectations by finishing the project on time. This was crucial for us, and they delivered without compromising on quality.4. **Communication:** Throughout the project, they maintained clear and open lines of communication. Any questions or concerns we had were promptly addressed, which gave us peace of mind throughout the process.5. **Professionalism:** The entire team was courteous, respectful, and professional. It was clear that they take immense pride in their work.6. **Post-Installation Support:** Even after the project was completed, Pool Builders didn't leave us hanging. Their ongoing support and guidance regarding pool maintenance and care have been invaluable.Our backyard has been transformed into a paradise thanks to Pool Builders, and we couldn't be happier with the results. If you're in the market for a pool, I wholeheartedly recommend Pool Builders. They deliver on their promises, provide top-tier service, and create beautiful pools that become the centerpiece of your home.Thank you, Pool Builders, for making our dream pool a reality!
Nabir Babbar
Nabir Babbar
02:03 05 Oct 23
I am very happy with my new swimming pool. This is my second swimming pool that Pool Builders has made for me and they both turned out beautiful. I chose the company for this pool based on my experience 27 years ago, but I still took a couple estimates before deciding to do a second pool with them. For comparison, my pool walls are a little thicker than other companies wanted to give me and I received an extra return. The equipment was important to me and it is better from what the other two companies were offering. For time.... permitting and design took about 4 months and pool was completed 3 1/2 months later. The process takes time as there were 21 inspections that had to be completed, so patience it needed when buidling a pool. My advice would be to say engaged in the process and have some fun with it.
James Ridout
James Ridout
21:37 17 Jul 23
Working with pool builders has been a great experience. My pool looks great and the staff was very responsive with all my concerns. I'd like to give special thanks to Daylin for holding my hand through the process and her quick reply's . Also thanks to john and DJ. I highly recommend pool builders because of these people .
Scott Smith
Scott Smith
14:52 21 Jun 23
Great experience! From beginning to end everyone was very professional. Results are just like the design. I liked that they set the right expectations regarding the time to completion. Daylin is the best she was always available to answer any questions and explain In detail every next step.
Nelson Feliz
Nelson Feliz
14:00 25 May 23
We could not be happier about our beautiful pool. It is the centerpiece of our outside space. Once construction started, it seemed to go pretty quickly. But more important is the quality and look. We have been swimming every day.
Keri Troehler
Keri Troehler
12:03 09 May 23
John (sales lead), Bob (general manager) and Daylin (project coordinator) were excellent to work with. Their professionalism and collaboration were apparent from pool design through final inspections. Really a pleasure to work with, and will recommend them to anyone building a pool in SoFL.
Jason Kirshner
Jason Kirshner
13:46 23 Apr 23
Excellent experience! Every step of the way was communicated clearly so we knew what to expect. From the showroom demo with John DelRe to dealing with the office itself and sub-contractors, this is a professional team! I would recommend this to friends and family...and will as soon as I can!
Carlie Sena
Carlie Sena
20:47 08 Nov 18
As we are in the process of buying a new home, we visited the showroom of Pool Builders on Orange Drive. Their showroom is amazing as they have a complete and operational pool in the showroom. Even more incredible was the amount of time that their representative, John, spent explaining all of the different features and options. John was very knowledgeable on all aspects concerning an outside pool and willing to share his expertise. Thanks so much and great customer service!
john wright
john wright
12:41 03 Nov 18
Amazing help and a beautiful pool! My friend had two pools built over 20 years ago in both of their homes and the quality is outstanding! I wouldn't go with anyone else! Everyone I worked with was wonderful-especially John DelRe and Lori.They were always available - answering all my questions in a quick and professional manner. Everyone makes you feel like family! ♡♡♡
Virginia Maskell
Virginia Maskell
00:14 18 Sep 18
We are extremely happy with our pool from Pool Builders. Our sales person, Luis Motta, was fantastic and designed something we love. The whole process was smooth from start to finish and they kept us updated at every stage of the build. We recommend them to everyone we know looking to build a pool. A+ service and quality!
Megan Visagie
Megan Visagie
17:22 17 Sep 18


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