The damages caused by freezing water can be catastrophic, as rapid expansion occurs when liquid water turns to solid. Not only does this phenomenon cause cracks in our infrastructure, but it can be devastating to pool pipes, filters and pumps. Here’s how to avoid the problem:
Take precautions, even in the South
Pool owners in the Midwest and Northeast know all too well the damages that freezing temperatures can cause. But if you live in the Carolinas or even as far south as Georgia or Arkansas, all it takes is one or two times for temperatures to dip below freezing and you’ll have a problem on your hands if you don’t prepare.
Don’t empty the pool
While this may seem counter-intuitive, you will want to lower your water level just below the skimmer mouth, but do not empty the pool! If you do, all that pool water will freeze in the soil below the pool and can push the foundation right out of the ground. A winter cover will protect the pool surface and good ones are built to withstand the weight of snow and ice.
Don’t let the pipes freeze
Freeze damage can be most devastating when it occurs in the pipes. All of the pipes in your pump and filter system should be blown out with a wet-dry shop vacuum or air compressor. The main drain line should also be cleared. If you’re having trouble figuring out how to do this properly, give us a call.
Any water in the filter outlet should be drained out from the bottom. The multiport valve should be closed and pressure gauge removed.
When the freeze comes, make sure your pool is ready to withstand it! Protecting your foundation, pipes and pool equipment from freezing water will save you thousands of dollars in damage. If you haven’t already prepared your pool for this winter, call us immediately: 610-731-7665.