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Special Hurricane Preparation
and Solar Panel Repair Information

We may experience significant rainfall and wind damage from Hurricane Irma within our market area. The following information is designed to help you prepare for the storm and deal with any solar system damage afterward.

Hurricane Preparation

Solar panels.  You do not need to do anything to prepare the solar panels on your roof. All solar power panels, solar thermal collector panels, and solar roof mounting and fastening systems are engineered and installed to withstand hurricane force wind loads.

Pool water level.  If you have a swimming pool, drain 10 to 12 inches of water out of the pool to keep it from overflowing following prolonged heavy rainfall. But do not empty your pool. When the ground becomes saturated with water following prolonged heavy rainfall, the pressure can pop an empty swimming pool shell out of the ground. 10 to 12 inches should be plenty.

Patio furniture.  Take patio furniture indoors. We have seen some pool owners throw their patio furniture into the pool. This is a bad idea for a couple of reasons. First, the furniture might scratch the marcite pool finish. And second, it’s a lot easier to throw patio furniture into a pool than it is to get it out of a pool.

After the Hurricane Passes

Solar panel repair or replacement.  Wind should not affect properly installed solar panels. However, it is possible that solar panels can be damaged by wind-driven projectiles. Also, some contractors use nylon tie-down straps to fasten solar pool heating collectors to roof surfaces. These straps can become brittle after several years of ultra-violet exposure, and can break if the solar pool heating collectors they hold down experience hurricane wind forces. Our systems use stainless steel tie-down straps.

Pool chemistry.  If you lose power for an extended period of time (more than a day or so), disperse liquid household bleach across the surface of your pool at about 1/2 gallon per 10,000 gallons of pool volume. For most 12 x 28 foot to 16 x 32 foot residential pools, 1/2 to 3/4 gallons of bleach is enough to keep the pool disinfected for three to four days. You might want to increase this to a gallon or more if the storm blows a lot of dirt and plant matter into your pool. (Wear old clothes when you do this; any bleach splatter spots on your clothes will turn white.)

Be safe.  If you see damage to your solar panels, let us and your insurance company know immediately. We recommend that you stay off your roof. And if you have a solar power system, do not touch solar power panels or power cables. You could receive an electric shock.

Please be patient.  Roofing and solar contractors are typically overwhelmed with service calls after a hurricane strikes. The best way to contact us is to complete and send our contact form, with the details of your solar panel repair or replacement request.
 

Remind You
of Your Swimming Pool?

Our Solar Industries solar pool heaters and Aquatherm heat pump pool heaters can double or even triple your comfortable swimming season in a warm pool. And if you’re currently using propane or natural gas to heat your pool, we can dramatically lower and even eliminate your swimming pool heating costs.

Get a free estimate for solar or heat pump swimming pool heating.

Pool Heating System Service and Repair

Solar pool heating systems are reliable and usually trouble-free. But from time to time, service and repair issues will inevitably arise. When they do, we can handle just about any situation or condition. We service all major solar pool heating collector brands, including Aquatherm®, FAFCO®, Harter Industries, Heliocol®, iSwim™, Sealed Air, Solar Industries, Sunfire, SunSwim and Techno-Solis™.1

  • Solar collector leaks. Identify and plug solar collector leaks and when necessary, replace collectors.
  • Solar collector array removal and reinstallation. Replacing your roof? We can remove and reinstall your solar collectors. If your system is showing its age, we can replace it with brand new solar collectors and circulation piping.
  • PVC plumbing issues. Replace warped, swollen, discolored or leaking PVC pipe and joints.
  • Valve issues. Motorized and manual valves can jam, freeze, crack and develop leaks. We can repair, replace and upgrade your pool equipment and pool heating valves.
  • Pool automation service and repair. We service, repair, reprogram and replace damaged, defective and malfunctioning pool automation systems, including sensors and motorized valve actuators.
  • System tuneups. We’ll tighten brackets and clamps, check for leaks, and test control system sensor at the start of the swimming season, after you’ve been out of town for awhile, or if you’ve just bought a home with a pool heating system.
  • New owner education. Just bought a home with a pool heating system? We’ll assess its condition and show you how it works. We can also inspect a pool heating system before you buy a home, either informally or as part of a third party home inspection.
  • Seasonal startup and shutdown. For seasonal residents, we’ll make sure your system is properly bypassed while you’re away, and restarted right before you plan to return.

Notes

  1. Some of the solar collector manufacturers listed above have gone out of business (for example, Sealed Air collectors were manufactured by Sealed Air Corp (NYSE:SEE), a Fortune 500 manufacturer of packaging materials—they still manufacture swimming pool blankets—that shut down its solar collector manufacturing operations several years ago), and certain collector models are no longer available. Consequently, it may be necessary to replace some solar collectors with collectors from another manufacturer, or with different collector models from the same manufacturer.