May 20, 2010 3:01 AM

Disconnect, shock and lower water level

Before a storm hits, here's what you should do to protect your swimming pool: If you fear flooding, lower the water to about three inches below the skimmer. Close the skimmer valve to prevent damage to the pump and piping. Water in the pool will act as a shield for the finish of the pool, protecting it from sand and flying debris.

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