Before you know it, it will be that time of the year when temperatures drop, freezing conditions persist, and pool equipment is damaged.
SHOULD I WINTERIZE MY POOL?
Yes! Following are pictures of equipment that are in need of repair or replacement due to freeze damage:
The freeze damage shown above can be rather costly. As you can see, especially with the water leakage, the incorrect decision when you’re deciding to winterize pool or not could leave your pump room in a mess that could be avoided.
While we do have a little bit of time before we reach those freezing temperatures, it is a good idea to gain the knowledge you’ll need in order to be prepared for preventing freeze damage.
Protect your pool equipment by being prepared to take the following steps:
- Consider installing a freeze protection device on your commercial pool equipment – these devices register the temperature of the water in the plumbing line and turn equipment on when there is a potential for freezing temperatures. The switch also can be set to turn off once the temperature rises above freezing. The general idea is that moving/circulating water tends to keep from freezing.
- If you intend on shutting off your equipment, make sure that you open the drain plugs and allow the water to drain from it – turning it off does not simply solve the problem. Equipment including pumps, filters, heaters, etc. is equipped with drain plugs to allow for the equipment to be drained.
- If your commercial pool equipment does freeze over but has not burst, allow it to thaw completely before you start it again.
- If freezing is becoming a continuous issue in your pump room, take steps to allow for some amount of heating to occur or take steps to insulate the space to help prevent extended durations of freezing temperatures.
- Pay particular attention to backflow prevention devices that are typically installed off of you waterline feed into your pump room – they can create a huge mess if allowed to freeze and burst.
- If you can’t drain your commercial pool equipment and you have no other choice but to try to make it through an extended period of freezing temperatures, at least leave your equipment running. Contrary to some people’s thinking, it is not advisable to shut your system down.