Freezing Weather Pool Tips & Suggestions

We will experience some freezing temperatures over the next couple of days. There may be some uncertainty as to the best practices of freeze protection of your pool plumbing and equipment. While the temperatures during this cold front may not get below freezing far or long enough to cause a problem, we would like to provide you with assistance if you have questions now or in the future.

During this or any other freezing weather event, the first thing you can do to protect your pool equipment, is to keep the pumps running! This means all pumps that are associated with your pool equipment, (with exception to cleaner pump) if temperatures are at or below 32ºF.

If your pool has automation, it should have a “freeze protection” feature that should automatically enable the pump to turn on when the outside temperature drops to around 35º or so. Only circuits designated to Freeze Protection will be activated, (double check if you have a feature pump that may not have been assigned and manually turn it on) this will cause the system to go between pool & spa mode. This will continue until outside temps reach above 35ºF.

Should you not have automation and are using manual timer box or boxes, you need to remove the timer lugs (will say “ON” & OFF”) Mover the lever to on and the filter pump should kick on and continue to run, until you turn off. After temps are back to normal, re-install the lugs at the allocated times for filter pump to run and stop. If you have a water feature pump that operates features like sheers, bowls, bubblers, or a waterfall makes you do the same steps.

ANY pipes that extend through your exterior wall should be protected.  Those will usually be your hose bib spigots and should be encased in a hose bib cover.  Any exposed pipe should be covered in a foam sleeve and covered with pipe wrap tape which can be found in most hardware stores. Many of you will also have your pool fill line with a pressure release attached to one of your hose bib spigots that runs into the ground or is standalone at your equipment pad. Those, too, should also be protected.

All the above is great if there is power to the equipment pad! Should a loss of power situation occur, these are a few tips to assist in minimizing damage to your pool equipment. We suggest you only perform the below if there is a loss of power, running the equipment is a much safer option if possible.

First turn off all pool breakers even though you do not have power, this will allow you to access your equipment when the power does come back on.

The attached pictures should aid in removing all the necessary equipment drain plugs, for loss of power. Remove the pump lids to release pressure on the pumps, then remove the pump drain plug, located on the bottom of the basket housing. There is a large back plug, located on the bottom of your filter to remove. On the heater manifold there is also a plug to remove. If you have a DE filter, remove the sight glass.

Next crack the gauge on the filter top to allow air, open all two- & three-way valves to help release pressure on your system.

For additional information go to https://www.pentair.com/pool-freeze-protection.​

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