How do I protect my pool during a hard freeze?

Author: Toney Thompson  |  Last update: Thursday, June 23, 2022

Follow these 6 steps to close your pool in areas with frequent hard freezes:
  1. Properly balance pool water. ...
  2. Lower the water level to below the skimmer.
  3. Clear pipes and equipment of water using a blower or compressor and plug the pipes at the pool.
  4. Add swimming pool antifreeze to the lines to prevent freezing.

Should I turn my pool heater on during a hard freeze?

You don't need to run your heater, moving water likely will not freeze. Disconnect any aerators and lines to slides. Booster pumps for pool cleaners don't need to run continuously. Water feature pumps should be run and valves should be open.

What do I do with my pool during a freeze?

What should I do when the temperature is below freezing?
  1. Run the filtration pump and all auxiliary pumps continuously (the pool cleaner pump does not need to run). ...
  2. Break up any ice on the pool and spa surfaces to keep the skimmers and skimmer doors free from ice.

How do you keep a pool from freezing without electricity?

Without Power

Open the air relief valve on your pool's filter. Remove the drain plugs from the front and rear headers of your pool heater. If you have a heat pump, remove those drain plugs too. Remove the lid and drain plugs from your pump.

At what temp will pool pump freeze?

If you have an above ground pool with the pool filter system and plumbing above ground (like nearly all above ground pools), pipes and pumps can freeze up in less than an hour of minus 32 degrees. The same is true for inground pool equipment that is not running when temperatures are below freezing.

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Should I cover my pool equipment during a freeze?

We suggest you kill the power to the equipment so it does not immediately come back on when the power returns, and cover the pool equipment with tarps and blankets. This can help protect your equipment and plumbing from freezing.

How do you build a pool for freezing weather?

Install a Freeze Control Timer: A freeze control timer can protect your inground swimming pool and spa equipment as well as pipes. Just set the temperature with the adjustable thermostat and the freeze control timer turns the pump and heater on when the weather drops.

How do I keep my above ground pool from freezing?

Air Pillows, aka Ice Equalizers or ice compensators, are your best defense against ice damage. The presence of an Air Pillow prevents ice from freezing under the air pillow, which stops solid ice sheets across the top of the aboveground pool.

Can you let an above ground pool freeze?

No! All pool types (in-ground, above ground, on-ground) need to keep water in the pool during winter, do not drain your pool to avoid the ice! In ground pools can pop out of the ground, and above ground pools can collapse inward, and the liner will shrink and discolor.

Will running pool pump prevent freezing?

As long as you keep that above-freezing water going through the pump, it will be fine. On top of the fact that the pool's water is above-freezing, running the pump moves the water, and moving water is much, much harder to freeze than stagnant water.

Do salt water pools freeze?

Chlorinated and non-chlorinated pools freeze at the same temperature. However, salt water pools will freeze at a slightly lower temperature. It should also be noted that above-ground pools will generally freeze at a higher temperature than inground pools.

How do you melt ice on pool cover?

Use a leaf blower on light, powdery snow to blow the snow off the cover. Wait for frozen snow and ice to melt on its own if it is a solid sheet on the cover. If you have a cover pump and it is buried under ice, pour a few gallons of hot water into one spot on the cover to let the device do its job.

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