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If there is any water left in the pipes of your pool plumbing, the water will freeze, and Physics 101 class tells us water expands when it freezes, up to 10%, and that’s enough to crack pipes, pumps, filters, heaters, skimmers, and other things – that are full of water.
If your pool equipment isn’t winterized, water can freeze inside of your pump, filter or heater damaging these components so it’s important to keep water flowing through your pool’s system the entire time the temperature is freezing.
Lower the water level to below the skimmer. Clear pipes and equipment of water using a blower or compressor and plug the pipes at the pool. Add swimming pool antifreeze to the lines to prevent freezing. Place a Gizzmo* (or similar device) in the skimmer to seal it and absorb pressure from ice.
If you have freeze protection it will turn your equipment on during any times it is set to be off if the temperature drops below freezing (the freezing temperature your system is typically set to is 36-38).
Filter pressure gauges can freeze, resulting in inaccurate readings. DO NOT use heater during extreme cold unless it has been constantly running prior to the drop in temperature. Manufacturers state heaters should not be run at temperatures 68 and below. Adjust pool and spa jets upwards to reduce surface freezing.
Freeze Protection: This function protects the pool, plumbing, and equipment against freeze damage. If Freeze Protection is enabled and the AIR temperature falls below the preset freeze protection temperature (see Filter Configuration), the Pro Logic will turn on the filter pump to circulate the water.
If there is simply a thin sheet of ice across the surface of your pool, no worries. Ice can crack tile or loosen the grout, letting small pieces of tile come loose. Also, if you don’t winterize your pool, you should keep the pump running to prevent water from freezing within the plumbing.
Freeze Protection Units allow pool and spa owners to set a desired temperature in which their pump and heater automatically turn on. Once the climate reaches the desired temperature, the Freeze Protection Unit kicks in, turning on your pump and heater.
Shut Down – When Shut Down is selected, the OmniLogic will turn off all pool equipment and report when it is safe to remove power. When this message is displayed, you can either power off the unit or restart the OmniLogic by touching the large power button displayed on the left side of the screen.
Is freeze damage to swimming pools and swimming pool equipment covered by homeowners insurance? “In most cases it is not covered, but the resulting damage would be covered. An example would be: the pipe freezes and busts, water leaks from the pool equipment area to the house and warps the floor.
The usual repair for a frozen pump is to replace either the hair & lint pot, or the volute – the impeller and other pump parts are not usually harmed. f you find your pool pump buzzing and straining, trying to start, the water inside may be frozen. Turn off the power to the pump. Open the pump lid to confirm ice.
- Make sure all equipment has been shut off and that the breakers to your equipment have also been turned off.
- Open the air relief valve on your pool’s filter.
- Remove the drain plugs from the front and rear headers of your pool heater.
- Remove the lid and drain plugs from you
There is no need to run a pool pump continuously for 24 hours a day, with a few exceptions. It is normally recommended that your pool pump should run long enough to pump the entire volume of water in a pool each day. In practice, this generally means around 8 hour each day.
Freeze protection works with a sensor that measures the outside air temperature and turns on the pool pump when the low threshold is reached. More advanced pool controllers can also open any closed valves, and turn on other pumps, like booster pumps or waterfall pumps.
The pump is like the heart of the equipment pad. Then yes you can do both. The solar cover when installed as it should be – on the water – has no significance with regard to the filter ( the large tank). The purpose of running the pump either with the cover on or off would be to move or circulate the water.
Water freezes at 32 degrees Fahrenheit, but indoor pipes are somewhat protected from outdoor temperature extremes, even in unheated areas of the house like in the attic or garage. As a general rule, temperatures outside must drop to at least 20 degrees or lower to cause pipes to freeze.
To conclude, running your pool pump for 24 hours is not a bad thing. It is actually ideal to do so. But since it can significantly increase pool maintenance cost, we suggest only running your pump for 12 hours or less, depending on the size of your pool and your pump’s efficiency.
A pump does not need to run 24/7 to keep your pool water pristine. If properly sized, a pump should spin through your water in a fraction of the time, allowing it to be dormant for the rest of the day.
The Minimum Temperature to Keep Pipes From Freezing
Depending on their exposure to wind and the elements, pipes can freeze when temperatures are higher than 20 degrees. In interior spaces, if pipes are near cracks or openings that let in cold air, they may develop ice blockages even if they are in a heated space.
Keep it on a low shelf so it won’t fall or roll. If you keep your motor outdoors all winter, you could build a ‘lean-to’ with lumber or plastic for snow, rain and tree branches, but keep good air flow around the motor, and don’t wrap it in plastic, which traps moisture inside the motor.