With hurricane season quickly approaching, it’s time to start devising a game plan in the event of a devastating storm.
The obvious factors that should be considered are your health, food, clean drinking water, shelter, and a generator. Other factors that you’ll want to consider are your clean up efforts.
In this article, we’re going to focus on the clean up of your swimming pool.
If you’ve only been a resident of Southwest Florida for a short period of time, you may not be aware that the Atlantic Hurricane Season runs from June 1st through November 30th.
Those of us that have lived here or owned a home here for a number of years, can attest to the fact that even though we haven’t had any seriously devastating storms make landfall since 2005, Florida is always at risk! The following storms come to mind:
- Hurricane Donna (Category 4, 1960)
- Hurricane Andrew (Category 5, 1992)
- Hurricane Charley (Category 4, 2004)
- Hurricane Wilma (Category 3, 2005)
According to the National Hurricane Center: Andrew, Charley, and Wilma caused over 62.6 billion dollars in damage and are listed in the top 6 of the 30 costliest mainland United States tropical cyclones, from 1900 to 2010. Hurricane Donna caused 50 deaths!
So if you haven’t had to deal with the effects of a major hurricane (such as the ones listed above), consider yourself fortunate because our peninsula is almost surrounded by warm tropical waters…perfect for sustaining hurricane force winds.
Cleaning up your swimming pool
When it’s time to begin the post-hurricane clean up process, you may want to leave the swimming pool to us and here’s why:
- Your insurance company may require that you get an assessment of damage from a professional before any clean-up/repair work is completed
- If your pool enclosure has been blown away or compromised, there is most likely a tremendous amount of debris that has been blown into the water
- Pool water that has been left standing for a number of days without filtration or chemical balancing, becomes a breeding ground for mosquitoes and bacteria (especially in the hot Florida sun)
- If there is a lot of sediment in your pool, you’re going to need some serious tools to get all of the muck out
- Projectiles that have been launched by hurricane force winds can damage coping, pavers, fountains, and a number of other pool components. Are you prepared to repair them yourself?
Think about how long it would take you to clean up and repair your swimming pool yourself. If you’d rather be focusing on another project or tending to more immediate needs of your family, please call us: (239) 277-1405.
At Pool Pros Inc, we have the man-power, tools, and expertise to clean up your pool with the utmost efficiency. Plus, we specialize in pool repair and renovation so if there are any damaged pool system components, we can fix those too.
Hopefully if there is a hurricane this year, your pool will be spared any major damage. But if it happens, we’ll be here to help you.