Protecting Your Pool from Winter Storms
Updated: May 19
We are expecting an extreme cold storm in the latter part of this week in the Austin, Texas area. We at Blue Ocean wanted to share a few ways to help protect your pool, equipment, and investment during this cold storm.
Firstly, it’s highly recommended to keep your water moving, as moving water is very unlikely to freeze. All pools with single-speed pumps should run for the entirety of the freeze. Most variable-speed pumps have built-in freeze protection. You can double check to see if your freeze protection is enabled in your Pentair EasyTouch panel under the “Circuit Functions” option in the Settings menu.
Here are some tips for preparing your pool equipment for freezing temperatures:
Insulate Your Equipment
Cover equipment with a tarp or blanket
Cover exposed bibs with towels and garbage bags
Wrap pipes with insulating material (cut pool noodles are a good idea!)
If You Lose Power
Turn off all circuit breakers to the pool equipment
Open all valves
Open the air bleed valve on top of your filter
Remove drain plugs from pumps and filters - this includes booster pumps, feature pumps, and certain heaters
Take apart as much of your equipment as possible - even remove the top of your filter housing!
Stay safe y’all!
Chris & the Blue Ocean Team