Hurricane Irma moved through Florida with record winds and rainfall. Many homes were damaged and others destroyed. The destruction included yards, gardens and swimming pools.
Residents had the opportunity to prepare for the worst and evacuate if necessary. Hopefully, you had time to prepare your yard and pool for the heavy winds and rain. Hurricane Category 2 or 3 wind velocity can damage pools and spa tubs along with decks and patios.
The pool's best defense against the wind and rain is a tight cover that is connected to the ground so that the wind cannot get under it. Remove all diving boards, slides, ladders and other structures extending out of the pool as part of the preparation for any storm.
Returning home and surveying the storm damage will include pool leak detection for many homeowners. Documenting damage to the swimming pool may be necessary for your insurance claim. Take your time and examine your pool and grounds as carefully. It can be overwhelming to inspect your entire property after a storm. Basic pool leak detection before filing any insurance claims should be thorough. Begin with swimming pool leak detection 101 during your property survey to help ensure you don’t overlook any leaks, even tiny ones.
Your pool may have excessive water in it from the storm. Water should be removed from covers if they are intact. Debris such as floating objects, fallen trees and branches should be removed. Do not turn on the pump when you have power until the pool is free of floating debris. Keeping the pump off will prevent objects from getting into the skimmer. Avoid draining the pool because the ground is already saturated.
You can let the pool sit uncovered for a couple of days in dry weather. Carefully watch the water loss due to evaporation. Use the bucket test to determine if you have a leak in your pool or spa tub. Check for cracks and tears in the pool's surface. Check the area where fittings and ladders are usually attached. The corners of steps in concrete pools can also be damaged.
Outdoor furniture can harm the pool's structure with cracks and tears. A heavy fiberglass or concrete pool can sustain cracks in the wall surface if heavy furniture sinks to the bottom or the items bounce around with the wind. Outdoor furniture can destroy a pool with a vinyl liner. As part of hurricane preparation remove all objects from the pool deck, including furniture.
A fallen tree, branches and other debris can also harm the surface and pool deck. Always check the tile and grouting for cracks from flying debris.
Pump Room and Plumbing
Pool leak detection involves testing the entire motor assembly. Reattach hoses if they become loose. Hopefully, your pump and motor survived the storm.
Underground plumbing lines are not likely to sustain damage. The pipes connecting the drain, intake, and return lines are not exposed to the elements with in-ground pools. Concrete and tile decks are usually in good shape after a storm. You might need to check plumbing lines if your deck was damaged. If the bucket test reveals that your pool water levels are dropping and you cannot find the source of the leak the next step is to have a professional check the plumbing.
Contact Aquaman Leak Detection for any pool leak problems after the storm if you suspect a pool leak. We work with insurance companies, and we will give you an honest estimate of any pool damage. Aquaman serves Brevard County and 10 neighboring counties in Central Florida. We hope that all of our neighbors have survived Hurricane Irma with minimal damage.