Swimming Pool

What Can You Do To Save Your Pool Cage from a Hurricane?


Hurricanes are very destructive storms. Many have fallen victims to these devastating states where they have had to loose their work, materials as well as homes in various regions. Those living close by the oceans and other big water bodies have been the victims to the hurricanes over the centuries. The good news though is that it is possible to protect yourself and your cherished items from these devastating storms. What is needed from your part is preparedness and awareness and you will manage to salvage what you cherish most in your home and on your porch area.


The pool is a region that lets you enjoy the outdoor life. The best pools have pool cages that protect the pool and the people using the pools from the harsh outside conditions that may prevent them from enjoying a beautiful time at the pool. Hurricanes though are destructive and have the ability to destroy your pool cage as well as the home if you do not take measures to prevent this scenario. Preventive actions include:


·         Check out for any signs of rusted or loose fasteners on the pool cage before the storms finally kick in. This action will help you spot the weak joint areas that need repairs to reinforce the cage in place. With the repairs or the rusted and loose fasteners, the cage will be strong enough to stand the strong winds that may blow in on the region


·         Cutting off all branches that are around the pool area is essential. This is especially the case when there are old branches that do not look strong and can be brought down by the raging winds. The storms are bound to break off the branches around which will in turn fall on the property thus causing damages


·         If the storm seems very strong, you should cut down X strips on the screens to reduce resistance that the storms may face thus forcing your pool cage down. The strips will reduce the amount of force that will be pushing down the pool cage.


·         Do not drain your pool. Draining it will mean that when the excess waters from the storms are drained to the ground, they may force the floors to your pool to lift up. A pull filled with water will help the floors stay in place due to the pressure exerted by the water in the pool.


·         Storms bring down weak structures, for maximum protection from the storm; purchase the newer models of pool cages that are designed to stand strong against hurricanes. They are more developed than the old models that are prone to hurricane attacks.


·         Install storm shitters at the pool cage to protect the pool from a harsh storm. You can make use of commercial shutters, which are quite costly or improvise with plywood, which is a much cheaper option. These custom-made plywood pieces are screwed on the screen openings for reinforcement.


·         Take the initiative to select the bigger panels that have a need to slit in good time instead of waiting for the last minute breakages.




Joe Frank Minochity writes on pool screen repair for a punta gorda based company