Every year, pool owners deal with winter weather and the effects it can have on their pool. A pool safety fence is an essential part of the safety of your pool. You might ask yourself, “should I take down my pool safety fence before a hurricane or large storm?“. Should you remove it before a big storm? While there is no definitive answer, the safe bet is to remove it.
While pool safety fence mesh has holes throughout, it still has enough solid material that it can act like a sail in a strong wind. The mesh is slightly flexible and a strong wind or gust can push the mesh and create friction and stress on the fence poles. Depending on the strength of the wind, some storms can put over 100lbs of stress on the fence poles. That is enough pressure to possibly break one.
The best thing to do is to simply remove the fence, roll it up and store it in the garage or shed while the storm passes overhead. The fence is light and usually comes in 15-foot sections with six poles. Most people can easily carry one roll in each arm.
Rethinking, “should I take down my pool safety fence before a hurricane or large storm?“, just remember the most important thing. Keep your family safe and small children from getting to the pool. Once that storm passes you will want to reinstall the fence right away. Keep in mind, pool fence installation companies are always busy after a storm trying to get out to do fence repairs. If you are one of the many homeowners waiting for that “post-storm” repair, you might end up waiting two to three weeks. Don’t get caught in that scenario. Take your fence down before the storm, it only takes 5 to 10 minutes.