As October and November usher in cooler temperatures, we can’t help but think about winter. Taking a few preventive actions now can help keep your pool from freezing in the wintertime. From anti-freezing solutions to choosing the best cover, here are a few tips to help you prepare your pool for cooler temperatures.
Install equipment to keep your pool from freezing. Set a protection device to turn the pump on when it detects freezing temperatures. If your pump is not variable speed, install a special device to convert it for you. This saves money compared to replacing the pump. More advanced devices will open valves and turn on multiple pumps. Installing a timing device with a water sensor will automate your existing equipment and save you money.
Be sure to visually inspect your equipment, especially during the first freeze. Sometimes devices fail, and you will want to know if this happens to prevent damage.
Clean Your Pool
Keep your pool free of debris and equipment and properly balanced year-round. Blocked skimmers or drains stop water from moving enough to prevent freezing. Even when it’s cold, make sure you clean your skimmer baskets.
Drain the Right Amount of Water
Low water levels lead to dry skimmers and pumps losing their effectiveness. Water will not move in this case, leading to frozen plumbing and equipment. Keep the water at the recommended levels for your pool and never empty it completely.
Protect Waterlines and Pipes
Remove the backwash line and plug the drain. If you can’t do that, open the hose bib on the line to let out any water left inside to prevent costly line damage. For added protection, pour antifreeze into your pipes. Secure an air pillow in the water to help protect the walls in above-ground pools.
Install Winter Covers
Pool covers offer a lot of benefits year-round. Make sure to buy the right cover for your pool. Inground and above-ground pools have different requirements. Secure the pool cover to the ground with the necessary equipment, including cable and wires, cover clips, netting, and weighted bags.
Keep Up with Maintenance
Failing to maintain your pool increases the chances it will freeze. Clean it regularly, do thorough filter cleans, and backwash your filter on schedule. Hire professional help if you lack the time to do this.
Know What to do If Your Pool Does Freeze
Power failures or unforeseen circumstances happen and your pool may freeze despite your best efforts. Here’s what you should do in this case:
- Shut off all power at the breaker
- Wrap equipment with heavy woolen blankets
- Safely set up a small space heater near the equipment
- Monitor constantly until thawed
- Carefully inspect for cracks
- Drain everything if repairs are needed