Protecting your pool

Storm damage to a swimming pool can be expensive to repair. So, take the proper precautions before a storm hits:

 Water in the pool will act as a shield for the finish of the pool, protecting it from sand and flying debris.

 Some experts say it's not necessary to lower the pool's water level. But if you fear flooding, lower the water to about three inches below the skimmer, but no more than 1 or 2 feet below the edge. Close the skimmer valve to prevent damage to the pump and piping.

 Add extra chlorine to prevent contamination. Pool service companies recommend powdered shock or liquid chlorine. The pool also provides a handy source of water for washing or flushing toilets if your house's main water supply fails.

 Do not allow anyone to enter the pool after chlorine is added.

 Turn off the electricity to the pool equipment at the circuit breaker, not at the pump.

 Disconnect pool lights and chlorinators.

 Once the pump is cool, you can wrap it in a plastic bag for extra protection.

 Wrap an exposed filter with waterproof covering and tie it securely.

 Remove the child safety fence. Do not allow children near the pool after the fence is removed. You must reinstall it immediately after the storm.

 Bring patio furniture indoors; don't throw it in the pool. Furniture may chip and damage the pool finish.

 Remove canvas patio awnings and bring them indoors.