It is that time of year when temperatures drop, freezing conditions persist, and pool equipment is damaged. Take steps to protect your pool equipment by considering the following steps and options:
- Consider installing a freeze protection device on your 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 raises 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. are equipped with drain plugs to allow for the equipment to be drained.
- If your 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 duration of freezing temperatures.
- Pay particular attention to back-flow 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 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.