Preparing for a Storm

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This Leslie’s Swimming Pool Supplies video will show you what you can do to prepare your pool for a storm.

  • Do NOT drain the water from your pool
  • Do not put a cover on your pool
  • Clear your yard and pool deck of debris, toys, and furniture
  • Balance your water chemistry
  • Turn off the power to your pool equipment

Video transcription:

Hi I'm Peter with Leslie's swimming pool supplies and this video will show you how to prepare your pool for a storm. Storms can sweep dirt and debris into your pool. While you can't prevent this, there are many things you can do to protect your pool and equipment from damage.

Don't lower your water level before a storm. Removing the water not only leaves the pool walls and floor unprotected, it can also cause your pool to pop-up out the ground because of the elevated water table.

Don't put a cover on your pool. This can also cause more damage to equipment. High winds can cause the cover to lift off your pool and blow away or could be damaged by flying debris.

You should also clear your yard and pool deck of debris and make sure to store toys and outdoor furniture.

If possible, you should trim branches from nearby trees. Large branches can snap off easily and often become dangerous projectiles during storms.

Balance your water chemistry even though you'll need to adjust the water chemistry after the storm. Balancing it beforehand will save you a lot of work after the weather has subsided. You can use a test kit or bring a sample into your local Leslies Store for free test and water analysis.

As your last step, turn off the power to your pool equipment. This will protect it from damage should it come in contact with significant amounts of water. You’ll want to turn off the circuit breakers to the equipment as well.

If you have any other questions about preparing your pool for a storm, visit or talk to one of our knowledgeable staff members at one of our 800 stores.