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.
Clear pipes and equipment of water using a blower or compressor and plug the pipes at the pool. Add swimming pool antifreeze to the lines to prevent freezing. Place a Gizzmo* (or similar device) in the skimmer to seal it and absorb pressure from ice.
When the outdoor air temperature reaches 32 degrees or lower, costly freeze damage can occur. These steps should be followed to help prevent any damage to your pool and/or equipment.
Helpful tips to keep your pool and its equipment safe during freezing temperatures. Run your pool pump continuously when temperatures are near or below freezing. You don't need to run your heater, moving water likely will not freeze. Disconnect any aerators and lines to slides.
Pipes can freeze in as little as six to eight hours, meaning they can freeze overnight. If the outside temperature is below 32 degrees F and your pipes are unprotected, your chances for a frozen pipe increase.
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 rule of the thumb is that it takes roughly 6-hours for water in your pipe to freeze after left in an unheated area. Meaning if you lose power at your home and the weather is reaching below freezing point, you have approximately 6-hours until the pipes will begin to freeze.
Do Pipes Always Burst When They Freeze? Not all frozen pipes burst. However, thawing the ice can increase the risk, as it usually worsens the problem since it raises the pressure further. This is why pipe bursting is especially common at the end of winter when the ice starts to thaw.
Yes, they can freeze solid. If temperatures reach below zero, swimming pools that are not circulating can freeze solid within a few days. If those low temperatures continue for several days, the ice sheet can increase in thickness by up to ¼” per day.
You should have a freeze protection device that will automatically turn the pump on when the temperature drops to around 34 degrees. A freeze protector will keep your pool running as long as the temperature remains close to freezing.
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.
Information varies on how cold it has to be for pipes to freeze, but the freezing temperature of water is 32 degrees. So, theoretically, your pipes could freeze at any temperature lower than that. But for your pipes to literally freeze overnight, the temperature would probably have to drop to at least 20 degrees.
Water expands about 9% when it freezes, so use enough Air Pillows to cover about 10% of the pool surface area. Air Pillows, aka Ice Equalizers or ice compensators, are your best defense against ice damage.
If the pool is already frozen more than 1/2″ thick, wait for a bit of a thaw before lowering, or break up the ice first before and while lowering the water level. For safety pool covers, be careful not to lower the pool more than 12″ below the tile line.
How Long Does It Take for Pipes to Unfreeze? Space heaters, hair dryers, and heat lamps are all common household devices that can be used to thaw out pipes in 30 to 45 minutes. However, getting professional help is almost always advisable in case any pipes have burst from pressure build up.
This can happen any time the air surrounding the pipes reaches below freezing, which is 32 degrees Fahrenheit. As the water heat transfers to the cold air, the water temperature drops to the point that it starts to freeze. Ice in the pipes causes a pressure backup, which can cause the pipe to burst.
The minimum temperature to keep pipes from freezing is 55° F. However, between 60° F and 68° F is a safer range. This way the air around your pipes is warm enough to keep them from freezing. If you live in a warmer climate, you should keep your above 68° because your pipes are not insulated against the freezing cold.
As a general rule, temperatures outside must drop to at least 20 degrees or lower to cause pipes to freeze.
Pipes can freeze at 32 degrees or below, but it will take a sustained period of time for this to happen. In other words, a pipe needs to be at freezing temperatures for at least half a day before homeowners have to worry about any freezing occurring.
See, in most cases, your water pipes will start freezing when the temperature is within the range of twenty to thirty two degrees Fahrenheit. And since they need around six hours until they burst, this temperature rate can be considered the one at which your water lines will collapse.
As a general rule, the “temperature alert threshold” for freezing pipes is about 20 degrees Fahrenheit.
If a pipe is frozen, Abrams said, there's about a 50% chance it cracked and burst. It's hard to know for certain if you can't pump water through the system, Sewell said. "If it's frozen and it thaws and you kick your water on, that's when you're going to be able to find your leaks," he said.