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“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” – Benjamin Franklin
Regardless of where you live during the cold winter months, if the temperature every drops below freezing, then your swimming pool plumbing is going to be affected if you have not properly winterized your pool. For this article, we are going to focus on pools built in the south because protection from freezing will differ somewhat that pools that constantly see freezing temps in the north. With a few preventative measures, you and your swimming pool tech can ensure you do not have an expensive mess on your hands after the thaw of a hard freeze.
Note: These tips are generalized. Since every pool is different, it’s best to speak directly with your pool tech on what you can do to prevent freezing during cold temps. Call us, or speak to your technician at their next visit to get specific information for your swimming pool.
Cover The Pool
- Mesh covers do not prevent water (rain/snow) from getting in the pool but they do prevent debris from getting in. Solid covers require a pump on top of the cover to pump water off the cover. If you do not currently have a cover, our technicians can work with you to properly design, order, and install the right cover for your pool. It’s never too late to add one, as cold temps can last well into March.
- Make sure your pool pump is running continuously while the temperature is below freezing. You should have a freeze protect device that will kick on if the temperature drops to around 34 degrees. A freeze protector will keep your pool running as long as the temperature remains close to freezing. If your pool does not turn on automatically, we recommend calling Infinity Pools of Georgia as soon as possible so we can look at your system. For more information about freeze protect systems, or to ensure yours is working properly—Call us! (770) 882-7141
Keep it Clean
- Be sure to keep the pool clean, if it is not already covered. If your skimmers and main drain get blocked with leaves and other debris that can cause the pump not to move enough water to prevent freezing. Even though it’s cold outside, don’t forget to clean the skimmer baskets daily.
- Don’t forget about chemicals! An important step that should not be overlooked is to add winterization chemicals at the first sign of winterization. Then, periodically add additional chemicals throughout winter. It is unlikely for algae to grow during the winter, however, these chemicals help slow the process in the spring when the water warms back up.
Proper Water Level
- If the water level gets too low, your skimmers will run dry and cause the pump to lose prime. If this happens there will be no water movement through the pool equipment and the plumbing is certain to freeze.
Drain the Backwash Line
- Remove and drain the plug or open the hose bib on the backwash line. Backwash lines have a tendency to retain water in them. If not drained, they can freeze and break.
Loss of Power
- In the event you lose power to your home, do no forget about the pool equipment. Remove all drain plugs from every piece of equipment on the system (ie: pumps, filter, and heater). As soon as you can, we suggest you cover the pool equipment with tarps and blankets. This may provide you with just enough protection to keep the equipment and plumbing from freezing.
You’re always welcome to call us for more assistance on what is needed to winterize your pool, or we will stop by for a free consultation. We hope you and your family have a safe, and wonderful holiday season!
Infinity Pools of Georgia is currently running a Winterization Special from now until the end of the year (12/31/2016). Give us a call for more info about our winterization services and prices.
Infinity Pools of Georgia, LLC.
Pool Service – Maintenance – Design – Construction – Renovation – Repair – Decks, Fire Bowls, and Outdoor Kitchens