We recommend keeping your filter pump and your water feature pumps running until temps warmup well past 32 degrees. This will help prevent stagnate water in the lines from freezing solid and damaging pipes and equipment by means of expansion. This is the best plan of action for “normal” freezes in central Texas.
Most pools have built in freeze protection that will automatically turn the pumps on and get water moving when temps approach 32 degrees. The temperature these engage at is normally 37-38 degrees depending on manufacturer’s settings. Most computerized automation comes with freeze protection installed, as well as some analog (timer clock) systems.
Please check your freeze protection settings to make sure they’re set to come on at 37-38 degrees. For automated systems, this can be done through your inside control panel. Time clock/analog systems will have a temperature adjustment knob on the control panel that’s located by your pool equipment.
To make sure your freeze protection is operating correctly, check your pool equipment during freezing temps to make sure the system has turned on. If it hasn’t, please make sure to let us know so we can get you a quote to come out and perform the repair. Also let us know if ALL of your pumps come during a freeze. If not, we’ll need to get those connected with your freeze protection as well.
If you are unsure as to how to check your freeze protection, please reach out to the office or your cleaning technician. We’ll be happy to help! If you have computerized automation, please provide your login and password information.
For power outage situations during an extreme freeze event.
When the power goes out during an extreme event similar to last February’s craziness, the best thing you can do is turn the system off at the main breaker for the pool equipment. Once this is done, the pool’s main components such as your filter, pumps, and heater will need to be drained of water to prevent damage from freezing water expansion.
Here is an excellent video that demonstrates the basic information on draining your equipment:
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