1. Keep the pool full

If you are afraid the pool water will overflow, lower the water level no more than 2-3 inches.

  1. Clear yard and pool deck of free-standing objects

Put away toys and outdoor furniture in a safe place.  Never put objects into the pool to protect them from a storm as they could damage the objects and cause serious metal staining problems for your pool water.

  1. Do not cover your pool

By keeping cover off of your pool, you can prevent damage to the cover and can avoid having to deal with a difficult removal if the cover if full of water and debris.

  1. Turn off power to pool equipment

Your motor may come in contact with large amounts of water, it is vital that you protect the equipment by cutting off the power.  You will want to cut off the circuit breakers to all pool equipment; this will help to prevent potentially dangerous electrical problems that could result from flooding.

  1. Check and balance pool water

Adding an algaecide like Prevent or Defend Plus eliminates the majority of organic contaminants that blow into your pool.  Any other contaminants remaining in your pool can be removed by shocking you pool once the storm subsides.



  • Skim and remove debris.
  • Check the pump strainer and skimmer baskets.
  • Inspect the pool equipment and restore power. If the equipment is wet or if there are any signs of water damage Contact a license electrician and have him/her come out and inspect the equipment. Never try to clean or dry the equipment without first consulting a professional.
  • Vacuum the pool.
  • Shock and balance the pool. – The organic materials in the rainwater most likely wiped out any residual chlorine level and lowered the water’s ph and alkalinity.
  • Run the pump and filter
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