How Can I Prepare My Equipment for Hurricanes?
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The 2022 Atlantic hurricane season has begun. As we have done in past seasons, we want to share some resources that will help you prepare your pool and spa equipment for a storm.
Historically, August and September are the most active hurricane months due to tropical waters warming up, and as you know, 2022 is forecast to be a busy storm season. In the video, Sandy King is joined by our Lead Service Technician and Technical Training Coordinator, Jimmy Dietrich, to discuss our approach to inspecting equipment for damage after a storm.
Some key takeaway points from the video:
- Your Symbiont GeoThermal Pool Heater installation includes hurricane-rated tie-down straps.
- With potential storm surges and power outages, as you are preparing your property and pool for the effects of a storm, we recommend you turn off all high-voltage power sources to pool heaters and pumps at the circuit breakers.
- After the storm, as you begin to bring your pool equipment back online, if your equipment has been submerged in water, we advise not turning on your equipment until a qualified technician has inspected and certified that it is safe to use.
- We’ll inspect all pumps, magnetic starters, variable frequency drives, and any controls that may have been exposed to moisture, and also check the ground and bonding wire to ensure it hasn’t been compromised.
Hurricane Pool Safety Tips at a Glance
The following graphic from the Florida Swimming Pool Association (FSPA) contains some great tips for every pool owner:
Another list of hurricane preparedness tips for pool and spas provided by Commercial Energy Specialists includes the above tips, plus more detailed preparation suggestions regarding water levels, chemistry, and filtration equipment.
August and September are the most active hurricane months due to tropical waters warming up.
Please call our office to schedule a technician appointment. If you already have a Planned Maintenance agreement with us, we can combine the inspection with your routine maintenance visit—just let our office know when you call.
If you have any questions about today’s topic, please call or email us. Symbiont Service Corp is here for you and to help us get through another hurricane season together.
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