In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, many folks quickly found out what their homeowners and renters insurance covered – and what it didn’t. Most pool owners found that flood insurance rarely covers swimming pools, spas, and pool heaters.
In November, The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals (APSP), the world’s largest pool, spa and hot tub trade association, offered advice for swimming pool and hot tub owners, that were affected by Hurricane Sandy.
Below is their release:
Most likely pool and hot tubs owners are not thinking about their pools and hot tubs in the days following the big storm. However, Bill Weber, APSP president and CEO encourages all owners to consider the following information:
- Standing water in a pool or hot tub can be hazardous and unhealthy, breeding mosquitoes which are associated with West Nile Virus (probably not a problem in late fall, but worth consideration in Southern states).
- Pool or hot tub covers damaged or missing from the hurricane could pose a drowning hazard.
- Pools that have been winterized prior to the hurricane should be considered for re-inspection.
“By being aware of the information above, pool and hot tub owners can make their home and backyard safer,” said Weber. “And at a time when some affected families are frustrated with clean up after the storm, they should be comforted that APSP members are willing and ready to assist.”
A couple months after accessing the damage to their homes and trying to pick up and put back the pieces, many are now addressing their needs for their pools and pool heaters. If you were affected by Hurricane Sandy and are currently looking to replace your swimming pool heater, please give us a call. We would like to help you find the right heater for your situation. Please be sure to mention you were affected by the Hurricane. We know that finances are tough for many in the hurricane’s path and we hope to help how we can!
APSP is the world’s largest international trade association representing the swimming pool, spa, and hot tub industry. Its mission is to promote consumer safety, and enhance the business success of its members. Members adhere to a code of business ethics and share a commitment to public health and safety in the use of pools, spas and hot tubs. Since 1985, APSP has been accredited by the American National Standards Institute as the recognized Standards Developing Organization to produce the nation’s swimming pool, spa and hot tub standards. APSP member companies include manufacturers, distributors, manufacturers’ agents, designers, builders, installers, suppliers, retailers and service professionals. For more information about the APSP please visit APSP.org.