Become a TFP Supporter Pool Math Forum Rules Pool School
Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 20 of 28

Thread: Pool Owners' Hurricane Guide

  1. Back To Top    #1
    Mod Squad zea3's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Location
    Houston, Texas
    Posts
    9,201

    Pool Owners' Hurricane Guide

    Hi folks,
    Since Irene is churning away and predicted to be the 1st hurricane to hit the US since Ike, many of you have been wondering what preparations can be made to protect your pool. Those of us who cleaned up after Katrina, Rita, Ike, or any of the other storms that came our way can offer any advice, insights, or hints to help with hurricane prep and clean up in this thread.
    TFP Moderator
    Helpful links: TF Test Kits,TFP Pool School, PoolMath
    Vogue 21' round AG, Pentair 1 hp 2 speed pump, 36 sq ft DE filter, Hayward S180T 150# sand filter, Houston, Texas
    Love TFP? Become a
    TFP Supporter!

  2. Back To Top    #2
    Mod Squad zea3's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Location
    Houston, Texas
    Posts
    9,201

    Re: Pool Owners' Hurricane Guide

    My prep advice would be to stock up on bleach, enough to last 2 weeks without power. Store the pool brush and leaf rake in a sturdy building. I would not keep them in a shed. Secure any thing outside that is not bolted down. Carry it into the garage if possible. Buy a couple of boxes of trash bags and a few pair of work gloves to clean up debris after the storm.

    If you can pull the pump and store it in a garage that will protect it from wind driven rain getting into the motor.
    TFP Moderator
    Helpful links: TF Test Kits,TFP Pool School, PoolMath
    Vogue 21' round AG, Pentair 1 hp 2 speed pump, 36 sq ft DE filter, Hayward S180T 150# sand filter, Houston, Texas
    Love TFP? Become a
    TFP Supporter!

  3. Back To Top    #3
    ivyleager's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    Location
    Raleigh-Durham,NC
    Posts
    489

    Re: Pool Owners' Hurricane Guide

    Plenty of beer and booze always helps too! I'm located inland NC and don't expect to get much more than rain (God, I hope we get rain!!!) Fran was our worst hit here in Raleigh/Durham back in 1996 and it took us a week to get cleaned up, trees cut, electricity....blah blah. Take care to all those in Irene's path. She's looks big!
    CaryB
    36 x 18 IG vinyl, 25K, 1 HP pump, sand filter
    1 skimmer, 2 returns, no main drain
    Old school: PoolSolutions test kit

  4. Back To Top    #4
    AnnaK's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Location
    Eastern Pennsylvania
    Posts
    1,134

    Re: Pool Owners' Hurricane Guide

    A generator. The Honda EU2000i will run your computer and modem just fine and it'll recharge the handies. Bags of ice to keep the beer cold. Gasoline for the chainsaws. You can cook on the grill, you can use pool water to wash your hair and flush toilets. Flashlights. Smokes. books or iPad downloads for when it gets really boring.

    Here in PA we may get some wind and rain. I've tied down the table and the bench and put the chairs in the shed. The pool is on its own until Monday, then we'll see what it wants. It's just another August day in the East.
    AnnaK

    12,500 gal AGP, Hayward sand filter, Pentair 2-speed pump, timer.
    Please visit our Pool Issues pages for information about step weights, managing the solar cover, and PoolSkim.

  5. Back To Top    #5
    Mod Squad zea3's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Location
    Houston, Texas
    Posts
    9,201

    Re: Pool Owners' Hurricane Guide

    A good non-pool tip- make sure you have a manual can opener! And stock up on fuel for your outdoor cooking, be it propane, or charcoal.
    TFP Moderator
    Helpful links: TF Test Kits,TFP Pool School, PoolMath
    Vogue 21' round AG, Pentair 1 hp 2 speed pump, 36 sq ft DE filter, Hayward S180T 150# sand filter, Houston, Texas
    Love TFP? Become a
    TFP Supporter!

  6. Back To Top    #6

    Re: Pool Owners' Hurricane Guide

    Cash! If the power is out, no credit cards are accepted.
    23,000 gallon in ground pool with rock waterfall and spillover spa, Aqualink control system, Polaris 380 cleaner, Purex Triton Clean&Clear Plus cartridge filter. Located in The Woodlands, Texas.

    Pool owner since Nov 2008, Trouble Free since April 2009. Happy to help when I can.

  7. Back To Top    #7
    ivyleager's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    Location
    Raleigh-Durham,NC
    Posts
    489

    Re: Pool Owners' Hurricane Guide

    And have an old fashioned phone. I keep my old trimline phone in a closet for just these occasions. When the power goes out, so does your portable home phones. That is if the phone lines are still intact.

    CaryB
    36 x 18 IG vinyl, 25K, 1 HP pump, sand filter
    1 skimmer, 2 returns, no main drain
    Old school: PoolSolutions test kit

  8. Back To Top    #8
    stev32k's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Location
    Mobile, Alabama
    Posts
    492

    Re: Pool Owners' Hurricane Guide

    Make sure the chainsaw works and you have plenty of gas. You may need it to get trees off your house or drive way. Stock up on charcoal or propane for cooking outside. Fill the bath tub with water for drinking and flushing the toilets.

    Good luck to all of you in the path.
    20' x 40' IG with vinyl liner volume approx. 35,000 gal.1.5 H.P. main pump, Polaris 280 cleaner W/ 3/4 H.P. booster pump
    Hayward sand filter, 3.14 sq ft, 62 gpm. Stenner 45 MPH10 chlorine feed pump. 1 micron final filter bags (home made and very effective)

  9. Back To Top    #9
    frogabog's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Location
    Portland, Oregon
    Posts
    1,578

    Re: Pool Owners' Hurricane Guide

    I don't know a single thing about hurricanes and I wish all of you in it's path safety and health. Volcanoes don't frighten me but storms like that sure do.

    I wanted to add that in the case of power outages I've always been thankful for the oil lamps I keep. Candles are great, but an oil lamp can create significant light by adjusting the wick. More than enough to read or cook with, or even light an entire room well enough to not trip if it's a large lamp.

    Again... Best wishes to everyone facing this storm.
    Where kids swim in 54 degree water, turn blue, and giggle happily cuz they got a POOL!
    Year 3 BBB -15' x 48" Intex Metal Frame - Was using (2) 1000gph Intex cartridge filters (see Full time pumping Intex). 2012, converted to 1600gph and sand filter+SWG = Sand filter love affair!
    Don't waste time and energy looking for a better value on test kits, the TF100 is the best deal around. I did the looking and spent the extra money, but you don't have to make the same mistake. Just go here: TFTestkits. I use Pool Calculator for min/max, and shocking chlorine levels.

  10. Back To Top    #10
    stev32k's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Location
    Mobile, Alabama
    Posts
    492

    Re: Pool Owners' Hurricane Guide

    It's a good idea to make sure you have a CO2 fire extinguisher on hand. Actually you might need three of them. They are very handy for cooling off the beer when the power goes off and you need two for the beer and one in case of fire.
    20' x 40' IG with vinyl liner volume approx. 35,000 gal.1.5 H.P. main pump, Polaris 280 cleaner W/ 3/4 H.P. booster pump
    Hayward sand filter, 3.14 sq ft, 62 gpm. Stenner 45 MPH10 chlorine feed pump. 1 micron final filter bags (home made and very effective)

  11. Back To Top    #11
    msgtdan's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2011
    Location
    SW MO
    Posts
    653

    Re: Pool Owners' Hurricane Guide

    After the Joplin MO tornado we'd communicate with our people via text message or send a print job to their printer via VPN tunnel. When cell phone coverage is spotty text messages get through when a voice call won't. Very little bandwidth used for text messages. Also they could call out easier then we could call in via cell or landline, so we'd send a message via text or printer to call us.
    Dan D
    Used 2003 Aqua Leader 27'x52", 17,800 w/10" hopper, SwimPro SW256T 250# sand filter, Hayward PowerFlo LX pump 1hp impellor, Emerson 1 1/2 hp motor, setup Aug 2012 Summer 2011 used Summer Escapes Ring pool 14' x 42", Intex 1600gph sand filter, HTH 6 way test kitTF-100 w/stirrer, Well water @ FC=0, PH=7.2, TA=290, CH=320

  12. Back To Top    #12

    Re: Pool Owners' Hurricane Guide

    Don't forget flashlights, flashlights and more flashlights. Battery's too. We bought a little inverter and ran a couple of things off of it hooked to a car battery.
    AGP, POPUP, 3800GAL. SWG 2000 GPH pump. Over the wall skimmer. SE TX. NEWBIE

  13. Back To Top    #13
    stev32k's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Location
    Mobile, Alabama
    Posts
    492

    Re: Pool Owners' Hurricane Guide

    Here is one of the best hurricane tracking sites I've found: http://www.stormpulse.com/
    20' x 40' IG with vinyl liner volume approx. 35,000 gal.1.5 H.P. main pump, Polaris 280 cleaner W/ 3/4 H.P. booster pump
    Hayward sand filter, 3.14 sq ft, 62 gpm. Stenner 45 MPH10 chlorine feed pump. 1 micron final filter bags (home made and very effective)

  14. Back To Top    #14

    Join Date
    May 2007
    Location
    South Central NJ
    Posts
    3,192

    Re: Pool Owners' Hurricane Guide

    I am so not looking forward to this. My pool will get toasted as well as a whole pile of new work waiting on Mon/Labor Day and Tues, the start of my chaos weeks.

    Scott
    Owner of - PoolGuyNJ LLC
    Expert Pool and Spa Repairs, Renovations, and Augmentation. Helping people decide what is the right gear for meeting their needs. Expectations Set, Expectations Met, No Surprises.

  15. Back To Top    #15
    stev32k's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Location
    Mobile, Alabama
    Posts
    492

    Re: Pool Owners' Hurricane Guide

    Quote Originally Posted by PoolGuyNJ
    I am so not looking forward to this. My pool will get toasted as well as a whole pile of new work waiting on Mon/Labor Day and Tues, the start of my chaos weeks. Scott
    I feel for everyone in the construction industry that is in the hurricane's path. All the dirt work will be ruined, construction material stored on site will be blown away and insurance will cover only about 10% of the loss.
    20' x 40' IG with vinyl liner volume approx. 35,000 gal.1.5 H.P. main pump, Polaris 280 cleaner W/ 3/4 H.P. booster pump
    Hayward sand filter, 3.14 sq ft, 62 gpm. Stenner 45 MPH10 chlorine feed pump. 1 micron final filter bags (home made and very effective)

  16. Back To Top    #16
    Butterfly's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Location
    South Carolina
    Posts
    10,045

    Re: Pool Owners' Hurricane Guide

    Get meds refilled & bottled water.

    Gas up car and get gas for the saws/machines/generators.

    Fill large drink bottles or gallon milk jugs with water and freeze.
    If power is lost, they will help keep things frozen.

    Keep full batt/charge on cell phones.

    Take care out there.
    TFP Moderator TF100 Test Kit TF100 TestKit YouTube Channel PoolMath
    You're done SLAMing when:
    1)You lose 1ppm or less FC overnight, & 2)You have .5ppm CC's or less, & 3)your water is clear.

    ~ One should not use a sledge hammer to swat a mosquito. ~

    If you found TFP helpful and we saved you money ... Become a TFP Supporter!

  17. Back To Top    #17

    Re: Pool Owners' Hurricane Guide

    If you have a generator, invest a few extra bucks in a CO detector that runs on batteries.

    After Hurricane Rita hit Houston, it was pretty hot with no power for A/c so we had the windows open to catch a breeze. Our neighbor was running his generator all day long running his A/C and fridge and freezer (locked it in the garage overnight as those things do get stolen). As the breeze shifted suddenly the CO alarms in my house went off. His exhaust was drifting over the fence into the kitchen and den, setting off 2 different alarms. They were running on back up batteries at that point.

    With every storm, someone loses family members to CO poisoning from generators. Be careful.
    23,000 gallon in ground pool with rock waterfall and spillover spa, Aqualink control system, Polaris 380 cleaner, Purex Triton Clean&Clear Plus cartridge filter. Located in The Woodlands, Texas.

    Pool owner since Nov 2008, Trouble Free since April 2009. Happy to help when I can.

  18. Back To Top    #18
    guamguy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2010
    Location
    Guam, USA
    Posts
    388

    Re: Pool Owners' Hurricane Guide

    Quote Originally Posted by stev32k
    It's a good idea to make sure you have a CO2 fire extinguisher on hand. Actually you might need three of them. They are very handy for cooling off the beer when the power goes off and you need two for the beer and one in case of fire.
    +1 been there, done that
    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

  19. Back To Top    #19
    Butterfly's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Location
    South Carolina
    Posts
    10,045

    Re: Pool Owners' Hurricane Guide

    Bump
    TFP Moderator TF100 Test Kit TF100 TestKit YouTube Channel PoolMath
    You're done SLAMing when:
    1)You lose 1ppm or less FC overnight, & 2)You have .5ppm CC's or less, & 3)your water is clear.

    ~ One should not use a sledge hammer to swat a mosquito. ~

    If you found TFP helpful and we saved you money ... Become a TFP Supporter!

  20. Back To Top    #20
    ivyleager's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    Location
    Raleigh-Durham,NC
    Posts
    489

    Re: Pool Owners' Hurricane Guide

    Friends AG pool in New Bern NC just bit the dust.
    CaryB
    36 x 18 IG vinyl, 25K, 1 HP pump, sand filter
    1 skimmer, 2 returns, no main drain
    Old school: PoolSolutions test kit

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •