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Keep Cool By Staying Dry This Summer

5/25/2021 (Permalink)

Lap swimming pool with water above the pool line. We received a call on 5/8/2021. This pool overflowed and did a significant amount of water damage to a commercial building.

The weather is finally staying warm, schools are letting out, and Memorial Day is right around the corner. That means pool time! Recently we got a call from a company that had accidentally left the pump on overnight. Two floors of a commercial building were affected by the water damage! So put on your floaties because, today, we’re diving in with tips on how to prevent water damage from your pool. 

Storm Damage

If you own an outdoor pool, it would behoove you to keep an eye on the forecast. Large amounts of rain could cause your swimming pool to overflow. Prevent water damage by lowering the water level. If you have a pool cover, you may want to consider covering it before a big storm hits.

Not all of your pool equipment can sustain water damage. A pool overflow could damage the machinery. You can prevent further water damage by turning it off beforehand. After the storm, check on the equipment and make sure that everything is in working order. 

You can also prevent water damage by checking whether you’re in a flood zone before a pool is even installed. FEMA has guidelines to prevent overflowing in these areas. Talk with your pool company to make sure they are within FEMA’s zoning requirements. 

Human Error

If you are filling your pool up for the first time this season or topping off the water level, you’ll want to make sure that you’re giving yourself plenty of time. Rushing leads to errors like leaving the hose on for too long and causing an overflow. Make sure that you can keep an eye on the water level. Don’t plan to go on errands while you are filling the pool. Don’t fill your swimming pool at night before bed. You want to be around to stop it if the water level gets too high.

When you’re complete with all of your maintenance tasks, be sure to take the time and double-check that everything is off and in running order. This could be your biggest ally in preventing future water damages. 

Nobody’s perfect. SERVPRO understands that things come up when you plan on taking your time with pool maintenance. We also know that it’s not always easy to keep up with the weather report. If you are a pool owner, keep our number in your back pocket. (513) 541-3200. We are always here to help.

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