Texas isn’t really known for its cold winters, but occasionally Mother Nature sends a chilling reminder who’s boss. When temperatures dip below 32-degrees Fahrenheit, your swimming pool is at risk of freezing. A frozen pool can be catastrophic; the pump and pipes can freeze and your equipment can crack. In order to avoid this, there are some precautionary steps you can take. Here are some tips on how to keep your pool from freezing.
Use a Pool Cover
Pool covers are often used to help keep debris out of pools during the storms of the summer months, but during the winter, they can serve another purpose. A pool cover helps lock in the heat of the water and keeps the colder temperatures on the outside. Just as a lid can help a heated pot of water stay warm, your pool cover works in a similar way. For the best results, invest in a solar pool cover that can absorb the heat of the sun during the day and keep your pool warm throughout the night.
Turn On Your Pool Heater
Your pool’s heater is a great ally against the cold. When the temperature drops, turn on the pool heater to ensure that the pool’s water temperature remains over the freezing mark. It is recommended that you run your pool’s heater during the night when it is the coldest and then turn it off in the morning unless the outdoor temperatures are going to remain significantly low.
Keep your pool covered to help lock in the heat. Doing this will allow you to turn off your heater during the day, even if the temperatures are going to remain relatively low.
Run Filter Pumps and Main Pool Pumps
Cold weather doesn’t just threaten to freeze your main pool, but it also puts your pumps and pipes in risk of freezing as well. Frozen pipes have a high chance of bursting due to built-up of pressure. In order to prevent this, it is important to run your pumps all day long during really cold temperatures. This helps keep the water moving, making it less likely for your pipes to completely freeze. As an added bonus, your warm water in the pool will be continuously circulated, allowing it to stay warmer.
Aim Your Pool Jets Upward
Aiming your pool jets upwards can help keep your pool’s surface from freezing by disrupting the water on top. This current will allow the water to move just enough to break up the freezing process. Also, any heat coming from your heater or heat that is trapped at the bottom of the pool will be pushed upwards, helping to warm up the surface. Ice that may start to form will quickly be melted.
Winter Pool Preparation Experts
Keeping your pool from freezing is essential for protecting the integrity of your pool’s foundation and equipment. At Summerhill Pools, we understand that winter can be harsh and unforgiving, which is why we specialize in winter pool preparation and repairs. If you need help or would like more information on our services, contact our specialists today!