If a hurricane knocks your power out, it can be days before you get it back. Even if you are a prepared Floridian with a generator and plenty of gasoline, the pool pump is not usually the first priority for a power up. Unless you have a very powerful generator, chances are your pool may be without a pump for a few days, possibly up to a week. With school cancelled and the AC on the fritz, the kids (and you too) are likely looking to the pool for some relief. But is it safe?
The answer? It can be. Once you’ve cleared out the debris and treated the initial chemical imbalance, it is safe to swim. However without the pump to circulate, problems can develop more quickly, so you’ll want to keep an exceptionally close eye on your water chemistry. Use an at home kit or make frequent trips to your local pool store for water testing and treat any imbalances immediately to keep your pool the perfect oasis after a storm.