How to Protect Your Pool from Freezing Temperatures
Category: BlogNovember 4, 2019
There’s a danger of freeze damage to your pools if and when temperatures fall below 32 degrees Fahrenheit. The damage could include cracked equipment and broken pipes, both of which lead to expensive repairs.
Here are some tips on how to protect your swimming pool from freezing temperatures.
A Few Considerations
If you can keep your pool’s temperature above 32 degrees F, you have nothing to worry about. In Houston, it typically doesn’t stay cold enough for this to be an issue. However, keep in mind the following things :
- You’ll have to run your heater for longer periods which will result in higher bills.
- Similarly, to keep the pool warm, the filter pump will need to remain operational to prevent freezing and freeze damage.
Keep the Pool Covered
A solar cover is one of the most effective ways to keep your pool warm and trap the heat inside. It’s similar to placing a lid on a water pot; it prevents unnecessary heat loss. The cover also prevents debris from falling into the pool, so it acts as a safety barrier and stops the growth of harmful microorganisms.
Keep the Pool Heater Running
Ideally, keep the pool heater running for around 12 hours a day in freezing cold temperatures. Temperatures drop during the night, so it makes sense to keep the heater running while you’re asleep. A pool heater can easily keep the temperatures above freezing when combined with a solar cover.
Keep the Filter Pump Running
You’ll need to run the filter pump 24/7 to prevent your pipes and equipment from cracking and freezing. This helps circulate the water, maintain stable water temperature, and improve the your pool heater’s efficiency.
You can also set all the valves to open, maintain optimum water levels, and angle the pool jets upwards. If you’re having trouble keeping the pool from freezing or are afraid that your pipes and equipment may get damaged, get in touch with the experts at Church Pool Services today.