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    Earthquakes and pools

    With the recent earthquake and tsunami happening in Japan, I wonder what effects they will have on inground pools. When San Francisco had its major earthquake in 1989, I wonder how many pools were damaged and if they were repairable. Does anyone know?
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    Re: Earthquakes and pools

    I'm sure there were plenty. I lived about 50 minutes from SF then, we rolled like crazy.
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    Earthquake insurance. I bought it a year ago and i think it added maybe $50 to my policy. Cost depends on where you live i imagine.
    14,000 gallon IG, Vinyl. Hayward 3/4 hp superpump, Penatair IC40 SWCG, Pentair automation, Hayward sand filter, Aqua Comfort heat pump, Hayward 400k Lo-Nox LP heater.

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    Re: Earthquakes and pools

    Quote Originally Posted by bk406
    Earthquake insurance. I bought it a year ago and i think it added maybe $50 to my policy. Cost depends on where you live i imagine.
    I bet earthquake insurance in San Francisco is like flood insurance in New Orleans...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Beez
    Quote Originally Posted by bk406
    Earthquake insurance. I bought it a year ago and i think it added maybe $50 to my policy. Cost depends on where you live i imagine.
    I bet earthquake insurance in San Francisco is like flood insurance in New Orleans...
    I'm sure!
    14,000 gallon IG, Vinyl. Hayward 3/4 hp superpump, Penatair IC40 SWCG, Pentair automation, Hayward sand filter, Aqua Comfort heat pump, Hayward 400k Lo-Nox LP heater.

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    Re: Earthquakes and pools

    My pool lived through the 8.1 earthquake in August '93. I was told that there was no damage, but the waves created in the pool splashed out quite a bit of water.
    12,800 gallon IG plaster kidney-shaped pool, waterslide, 800 gallon spa.
    1HP 2 speed Sta-Rite pool pump, 1.5 HP Sta-Rite spa jet pump. 2 skimmers, 1 main drain
    Purex-Triton TR-60 325 lb.sand filter. 2" Plumbing, Intex SWCG, TF-100 test kit.
    Link to pics of my pool! http://www.troublefreepool.com/my-oasis-t26558.html

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    Re: Earthquakes and pools

    Quote Originally Posted by Beez
    I bet earthquake insurance in San Francisco is like flood insurance in New Orleans... :whip:
    Yup, it's expensive. It more than doubles the insurance premium on a house and has a large deductible of 10% or 15%. For a $500,000 policy with associated coverages at their minimums and a 15% deductible it's about $1000 per year. You can read more at the California Earthquake Authority.
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    Re: Earthquakes and pools

    I think guamguy is talking about something like this.....

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_NOePXjG_zE

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    Re: Earthquakes and pools

    Quote Originally Posted by openpool
    I think guamguy is talking about something like this.....

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_NOePXjG_zE

    We had a 6.8 quake that I was next to a pool/spa combo that the spa lost about 10" of water.

    I can only imagine what a 8.8-9.0 feels like. The 6.8 everything looked like it was liquid.
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    Re: Earthquakes and pools

    I lived in San Jose when the Loma Prieta quake hit. My apartment complex was circular, with the pool and patio in the center. The pool itself had no damage. But about the top 5 feet of water sloshed out. It sent a wave right through some open sliding glass doors, and washed all the tanbark out of the planters and dragged it back into the pool. Total mess.
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    Re: Earthquakes and pools

    Wow, it is amazing to hear that the structure of pools don't get much damage by earthquakes. I was thinking that maybe they will crack at the bottom or something.
    IG pebbletec pool: size of pool: 27,000 gal; filter: cartridge - Hayward Superstar Clear; pump size: 1.5 HP; TF 100 Test kit - got it on 7-29-10; The Pool Cleaner-4-wheel suction model; Pool calculator: http://www.poolcalculator.com/; bleach calc: http://troublefreepool.com/files/BleachCalc262.exe

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    Re: Earthquakes and pools

    BK, REALLY..., Earthquake Insurance?????? You make me laugh like a giraffe! You can just donate that $50.00 to me for my Earthquake Insurance Policy...

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    Quote Originally Posted by salp
    BK, REALLY..., Earthquake Insurance?????? You make me laugh like a giraffe! You can just donate that $50.00 to me for my Earthquake Insurance Policy...
    Ok, you laugh. About 4 years ago down on the south shore in Swansea, MA, there was an earthquake. Measured about a 4 (yea i know little one). It destroyed a house. Leveled it. Believe it or not, Boston sits on a fault line that runs into central mass. If we had a pretty decent quake, the entire back bay boston from Comm. Ave to the river would go right into the Charles since its all fill. About 3 years ago, my house rattled with a 3.5 centered in West Boylston in Worcester county. $50 is cheap even if it never happened. If it did, i'm covered
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    Re: Earthquakes and pools

    Quote Originally Posted by salp
    BK, REALLY..., Earthquake Insurance?????? You make me laugh like a giraffe! You can just donate that $50.00 to me for my Earthquake Insurance Policy...
    My insurance deductible is pretty cheap for every kind of damage EXCEPT earthquakes. For earthquake damage, it's about 5x the amount Thankfully, I haven't had to use it
    12,800 gallon IG plaster kidney-shaped pool, waterslide, 800 gallon spa.
    1HP 2 speed Sta-Rite pool pump, 1.5 HP Sta-Rite spa jet pump. 2 skimmers, 1 main drain
    Purex-Triton TR-60 325 lb.sand filter. 2" Plumbing, Intex SWCG, TF-100 test kit.
    Link to pics of my pool! http://www.troublefreepool.com/my-oasis-t26558.html

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    Re: Earthquakes and pools

    The premium calculator is very cool thx Chem Geek
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